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Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 05/23/2011

Joplin, Missouri, tornado leaves 89 dead, wake of destruction [PHOTOS, VIDEOS]


A man carries a girl who was rescued after being trapped with her mother in their home after a tornado hit Joplin, Mo., Sunday evening. (Mike Gullett - AP)
The southwest Missouri city of Joplin is just starting to recover from a massive tornado that tore through the city Sunday, cutting a path nearly six miles long and killing at least 89 people.

Portions of the Midwest from Texas to Michigan were also hit by the storm that was reminiscent of the tornadoes that killed more than 300 people across the South last month.

Tornado sirens gave Joplin residents just a 20-minute warning before the tornado touched down on the city’s west side, and dozens were unable to escape.

Much of the city’s south side was leveled, with churches, schools, homes and businesses flattened, the glass of storefronts sucked out into the streets, and machinery tossed into the air like toys.

See videos and photos of the devastation below, or share your own photos from the tornado here.

What a storms looks like as a tornado hits

One resident of Branson, Mo., shot video of the storm that produced the Joplin tornado from his patio:

Driving through a flattened neighborhood

Local Joplin TV station KOAM has posted several videos showing the damage to the city, including this video of a KOAM reporter narrating the damage to a neighborhood that was hit:

What it sounds like when a tornado hits

It is hard to see what’s happening in this video, but the audio is terrifying. A worker at Fastrip, a convenience store, posted it with the caption: “We huddled in the back of the store until the glass got sucked out, then ran into the walk in storage fridge.” Watch:

Joplin, after the tornado

This video silently pans across the scenes of destruction:

Map of the tornado

Kansas-based Twitter user @parismyloveff uploaded this map of the path the tornado took across Joplin:
(Via @parismyloveff )

Twitter user @parismyloveff also tweeted this photo the day after the twister:


(Via @parismyloveff )

The Post’s Emily Ingram told the story of the tornado by gathering tweets and twitpics from Joplin. See her storify here.

Photos of Joplin, Mo.:


Emergency workers wait for a medical team after finding a body in a tornado ravaged car in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23. (Charlie Riedel - AP)

Lightning strikes behind emergency workers as they wait for a medical team in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23. (Charlie Riedel - AP)

Rescuers and neighbors look through the the wreckage of destroyed homes on a hillside in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22. A large tornado moved through much of the city, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses. (Mark Schiefelbein - AP)

Emergency personnel walk through a neighborhood severely damaged by a tornado near the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday. (Mark Schiefelbein - AP)

Residents of Joplin, Mo., walk west on 26th Street near Maiden Lane after a tornado hit the southwest Missouri city Sunday evening. (Mike Gullett - AP)

Residents begin digging through the rubble of their home after it was destroyed by a tornado that hit Joplin, Mo., on Sunday evening. (Mike Gullett - AP)

A man walks past destroyed vehicles in the parking lot of the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. (Mark Schiefelbein - AP)

See more photos, taken by a photographer and resident of Joplin, Mo., on Flickr.

Health professionals can volunteer for service in Joplin through the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services.

By  |  09:15 AM ET, 05/23/2011

 
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