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These areas will have little time to clean up as another round of severe weather is expected again today.
Recent radar images show rapid intensification of thunderstorms off to the west of Joplin which are forecasted to move through the city this morning.
Torrential downpours and frequent lightning associated with these thunderstorms will interfere with cleanup efforts. Localized flash flooding is likely as the ground is already saturated due to above normal rainfall the last two months.
High winds could cause additional damage and may topple cranes which are in the city helping with the cleanup.
A 62 mph wind gust was just reported in Coffeyville, Kan. about 65 miles west of Joplin as these thunderstorms rolled through.
The tornado traveled 6 miles from the west side of the city to the southeast portion. The southern edge of the city was the hardest hit. The tornado ranged from half a mile to three-quarters of a mile wide. While the exact strength of the storm is yet to be determined, it could be upwards of an EF4.
According to Kathy Dennis of the American Red Cross, "75% of the town is virtually gone."
Scenes from the city look much like those of the tornadoes that claimed more than 300 lives in the Southeast last month.
The 'shredding' of objects that occured that left the damage to metal vehicles is astonishing