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JOPLIN, Mo. -- The city manager says the confirmed death toll from a tornado that struck the city on Sunday has risen to 116. It makes it the tornado with the second-highest number of fatalities in the state's history.
The tornado tore a six-mile-long, half-mile wide path through the middle of Joplin on Sunday. Much of the city's south side was leveled, with churches, schools, businesses and homes reduced to ruins by winds of up to 165 mph. Officials estimate 2,000 buildings were damaged.
There's some good news. City Manager Mark Rohr says seven people were rescued. Gov. Jay Nixon said at a news conference on Monday afternoon that he's confident other survivors will be found.
The National Weather Service says the tornado that swept through Joplin packed winds up to 198 mph. The weather service's director, Jack Hayes, says the storm was given a preliminary label as an EF4 - the second-highest rating given to twisters. The rating is assigned to storms based on the damage they cause.
Hayes said the storm had winds of 190 to 198 miles per hour. At times, the storm was three-quarters of a mile wide. He says survey teams from the National Weather Service are on the scene and will make a final determination on the rating on Tuesday.
A tornado outbreak last month killed more than 300 people across the South. At least three of those storms were rated EF5.
State's situation report at noon Monday
Gov. Jay Nixon deployed 100 National Guardsmen to the affected area with specialized equipment to aid in search and rescue and debris clearing.
Electric Outages – Empire Electric – 20,000 with restoration times to be assessed and reported after daylight.
New MAC Electric (Neosho)– reporting 1,500 residents out of power currently.
Shelter – Currently one shelter is open at Missouri Southern State College with 110 individuals reported at the shelter.
National Weather Service: Survey teams are en route and in close communication with Jasper County. They are experiencing quarter size hail and storms that should pass soon. There are concerns about additional storms this afternoon. There is a moderate risk for severe thunderstorms on Tuesday.
Region D/Joplin (Jasper County) – 90 fatalities have been reported. They have outlined a grid pattern and Search & Rescue teams are doing a full grid search.
Railroads have resumed operations, however they are moving slowly. Public Works and Mutual Aid are en route.
A shelter is open and 300 volunteers have arrived to assist in shelter operations. Utilities are working on restorations and there is a boil advisory in effect. There are 100 law enforcement personnel working to secure 30 roadblocks.
The biggest needs at this time are search and rescue as well as mortuary assistance. FEMA Region 7 is setting up a portable morgue and family assistance center. Widespread damage, EMD reports 2,000 structures destroyed including residences, businesses, schools, apartment complexes and churches. St. John's Regional Medical Center was badly damaged and patients were evacuated. Thirty (30) deaths have been reported.
Lafayette County – residence destroyed with minor injuries
Stone County – (Galena) A Cargil contractor with 4 turkey barns destroyed due to the damage of uprooted trees. Another Cargil turkey barn near Galena suffered minor damages. Two mobile homes and damages to two turkey barns reported.
ESF #1: I-44 was cleared this morning and is now open. Rangeline Road is closed. Recommending that people get fuel in Springfield or Oklahoma. Currently assisting the city with debris removal.
ESF #2: Report that there are fifty cell sites that are off the network. Ten of these sites are off the network due to damage. Radio communications are up and running. A Highway Patrol command truck is en route to the affected areas to assist with communications. A State Area Coordination Center kit is being sent to support emergency phones. The Joplin Police Department communications system is not functioning. Jasper County has limited radio capability. Jasper County 911 is fully functional.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
Originally posted by lovelyc
I have close friends located on E. 24th street off of Duquesne in Joplin. Does anyone know of the damage in that area? I can not get ahold of anyone and am very scared!
I have friends on that same street. There was extensive damage there. My friends lost their garage, their vehicles, and the roof off the front portion of their home, but the people are all safe. There were a lot of rescue crews in that area last night, and most of the homes have been searched now. My parents were able to drive in from the backside of 20th and Duquesne and get far enough to see their friends home on 24th street, but they couldn't actually get to it. They did get a text message later that the family was safe, and there were big red X's painted on the front of all the homes in the area, so they have been searched.
Keep trying to contact them, you will eventually get through.
89 confirmed dead
To located loved ones
How you can help
Complete spreadsheet of Joplin Relief Drop Off Locations
Volunteers are asked to report to Leggett & Platt (recreation center) at Missouri Southern State University
To give blood in Joplin go to the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks located at the Northpark Mall.
To find out how you can help call 1-800-RedCross or visit www.redcross.org...
Mail monetary donations to:
American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013
•Leggett & Platt Center at MSSU
•Mount Hope Church of Christ in Webb City (call 624-1795)
Bus's to Red Cross shelters available at:
- Junge Stadium on 13th Street
- Forest Park Baptist Church, 7th and Rangeline
- Lowe's, 24th and Rangeline
- Vintage Stock, 32nd and Main
Amber Alert for Pets will issue free lost pet alerts families who have lost a pet in the area affect by the tornado. Go to amberalertforpets.com and fill out a lost pet report. Use the code "MS2011". A cell phone picture will work.
Central Pet Care at 224 West Central in Carthage is open to accept animal emergencies and displaced animals. Call 417.358.1300 for more info.
Golden Paws Pet Resort is accepting animals that need shelter because their owners have lost their homes. Please call 623-0842.
Originally posted by getreadyalready
reply to post by lovelyc
I wish I had better news, but in that area some homes were destroyed and others were only partially damaged. My friends house was about 1 block west of Duquesne on 24th street. The garage was completely destroyed, but the home was pretty much intact with only the front portion of the roof blown away. Just a couple of blocks away, closer to 20th street, some homes were entirely destroyed. The only good news I have for you is that rescue crews were on the scene in that area almost immediately yesterday. I will send you a PM and try to get more details.