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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

17 Found Alive in Joplin Tornado Debris

The good news...

According to MO Governor Jay Nixon- seventeen people were found alive Monday by rescue crews in the rubble of the EF-4/5 tornado that tore through much of southern Joplin MO Sunday evening.

However later Tuesday- Jasper County officials refuted Gov. Nixon's statement regarding the 17 survivors found- according to the SPRINGFIELD (MO) NEWS-LEADER.

As of Tuesday evening- only 9 persons had been recovered alive from the 6 mile-long path of debris they said.

The death toll stood at 116 Tuesday morning- with more than 1150 injured.

That figure was changed as well: there were 123 dead- but only 750 injured as of early Wednesday morning.

The intensity of the Joplin tornado was also upgraded- now rated by the NWS to be an EF-5- with winds in excess of 200 m.p.h.

Severe storms on Monday in Joplin caused more injury: a rescuer from Metro Kansas City was critically-injured by a lightning strike.

Jeff Taylor- 31- police officer from the Riverside Public Safety was in Joplin to assist with search and rescue and was riding an ATV back to a command post when a bolt of lightning struck "next to him-" according to the SPRINGFIELD (MO) NEWS-LEADER.

Additional search and rescue- as well as victim recovery is to continue this morning- with more chances for severe weather in Joplin as well as much of the Central States area later this afternoon into Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.



Anonymous said...

This post is fairly incorrect. There were only 9 found on monday and tuesday, 124 fatalities, and 600 injured.

Groucho K. Marx said...

You are correct and the corrections were made.

The original figure of "17" came from Gov. Nixon.

And here I thought I had learned way back in the 1970's not to believe anything a politician named Nixon says....

Landscaping Designs Made Easy said...

We pray for those who have been affected by this terrible cycle of natural disasters in the United States, innocent people died, and the ones who survived lost it all, May God bring you comfort in your loss. My prayers are with you all!