When an enormous tornado came through Joplin, Missouri on Sunday it left a death toll of 90 people. This death toll is the count that came out today on May 23rd, 2011. Authorities have warned the death that the death toll could rise as the volunteers and workers continue the search and clean- up of the town. Since 1953 this is the deadliest tornado in the U.S.
Mitch Randles, a fire chief estimated that 25 to 30 percent of the city has been damaged and that his own home was one of the many buildings that got destroyed. He also said: “It cut the city in half.” The city has about 50,000 people who live there and is 160 miles south of Kansas City.
Governor Jay Nixon told MSNBC TV that more than 2000 structures saw “significant damage” and that searching for survivors remains a priority. The mayor of Joplin said: “The loss of life is incredible. We’re still trying to find people. The outlook is bleak.”
Jasper County Emergency Management Director Keith Stammers stated that the city’s resident shad about 20 minutes notice when 25 warning sirens went off around 6 p.m. The governor said it was likely that many people could take get shelter in time. “The bottom line was the storm was so loud you probably couldn’t hear the sirens going off.”