EF-5 Tornado Ravages Joplin, Missouri

An EF-5 Tornado ravaged the city of Joplin, Missouri on Sunday evening, May 22nd.  At least 123 people were killed by the violent tornado and thousands more were injured.  The tornado struck around 5:40pm and tore a scar through the heart of the city, decimating homes, commercial districts, and even the region’s hospital.  Some of the first images to come from the devastation are shown below.  Click on each image for a larger view.

Fires burn in the distance as recue workers navigate decimated neighborhoods within minutes of the EF-5 torndao ravaging Joplin, Missouri on May 22nd, 2011. Credit: AP/Mark Schiefelbein
St. John's Regional Medical Center - a landmark in Joplin, Missouri - sits in the background behind homes and trees decimated by the tornado of May 22, 2011. Credit: AP/Charlie Riedel
Hundreds of windows were blown out of St. John's Regional Medical Center when the EF-5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. Credit: AP/Tulsa World - Adam Wisneski
The medevac helicopter lies in ruins beside St. John's Regional Medical Center following a direct hit by an EF-5 tornado on Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011. Credit: AP/Mark Schiefelbein
Automobiles were tossed around like toys by winds topping 200 miles per hour when a devastating EF-5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. Credit: AP/Mark Schiefelbein
Wooden-frame homes were no match to the 200-mile per hour winds of the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. Credit: Reuters/Mike Stone
A victim of the devastating tornado lies covered in a crushed vehicle following the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011. Credit: AP/Charlie Riedel

 

For ways to help the victims of this devastating storm, visit the Red Cross.  The Red Cross is funded entirely through donations. The organization is asking people who want to help to text REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or you can donate any amount at RedCross.org.

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