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