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A destroyed helicopter lies in the parking lot of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

Joplin, a city of about 50,000, took an especially brutal hit from a line of storms that stretched through the central U.S. from Texas to Michigan, according to the Associated Press.

The tornado, which authorities estimated to be one-half to three-quarters of a mile wide, was on the ground for almost four miles, according to the AP. One structure that was apparently in its path: St. John’s Regional Medical Center, which took a direct hit.

Residents posted photos online of debris-strewn city as they assessed the damage.

More photos: Tornadoes devastate Joplin and Minneapolis


What it sounds like when a tornado passes through

(via YouTube, hat tip to ShortFormBlog)

This video is so dark, you won’t be able to see much of anything, but the audio is downright chilling. 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.”

Driving through a flattened neighborhood

(via KOAM)

Local Joplin TV station KOAM has posted several videos showing the damage to the city.

The KOAM reporter narrating this video talks you through what she saw in a neighborhood that looks nothing like what it once did.

The station has also posted videos of:

A look at the hospital that took a direct hit

Station’s “tower cam” shows storm moving through

Night falls as city grapples with power outages

The Weather Channel also has posted a video that shows a Joplin neighborhood that has been leveled. The damaged hospital seems to be one of the only structures still standing, and even it was badly damaged.

Have you seen other photos and videos of the destruction in Joplin? Share a link in the comments.