UPDATE: United States tornado death toll reaches 520 after more bodies found in Joplin
UPDATE: Death toll from horrific EF-5 Joplin, Missouri tornado climbs to 132
In a Monday afternoon news conference, city officials said at least 116 were killed and hundreds were injured after a massive and historic tornado moved through the south side of Joplin, Missouri on Sunday.
According to the Joplin Globe, more than 1,000 people have been treated for injuries caused by the tornado with 467 treated at the Freeman Health System in Joplin in the hours soon after the tornado hit and more than 396 people were treated at hospitals outside of Joplin.
Authorities warned that the death toll could climb as search and rescue workers continued their efforts. Search and rescue workers found 17 victims alive during the day on Monday in tornado damaged areas.
With a death toll of at least 116 deaths, the Joplin tornado is now one of the top ten deadliest tornadoes of all-time to strike anywhere in the country, none of which have occurred since 1953.
According to the Storm Prediction Center, the Joplin tornado ranks as the ninth single deadliest tornado on record and the deadliest since 1899 in the United States!!
Top deadliest United States tornadoes on record
- 18 March 1925 Tri-State (MO/IL/IN) 695
- 06 May 1840 Natchez, MS 317
- 27 May 1896 St. Louis, MO 255
- 05 April 1936 Tupelo, MS 216
- 06 April 1936 Gainesville, GA 203
- 09 April 1947 Woodward, OK 181
- 24 April 1908 Amite, LA/Purvis, MS 143
- 12 June 1899 New Richmond, WI 117
9. 22 May 2011 Joplin, MO ***116***
9. 08 June 1953 Flint, MI 116
The National Weather Service says the three quarter mile wide tornado that swept through Joplin, Missouri packed winds up to 198 mph, making it a preliminary EF-4 tornado based on the damage surveyed so far.
This is the second EF-4 or F-4 tornado to be confirmed in Jasper County but the first to strike Joplin since records began back in 1950.
The tornado tore a six-mile-long, three quarter mile wide path through the middle of Joplin Sunday evening with as much as 30 percent of the town damaged or destroyed, including more than 2,000 buildings.
Among the structures damaged, a major hospital, a nursing home and several schools, firehouses and large stores, including a Wal-Mart and a Home Depot. Water treatment and sewage plants were also hit by high winds, and authorities cautioned residents to boil water.
Two other people were also killed in tornadoes in Kansas and Minnesota with the overall death total at 118 from this past weekend’s severe storms.
On Saturday, a man was killed after a confirmed EF-3 tornado tore across Reading, Kansas, damaging and destroying an estimated 200 homes, while injuring several others.
On Sunday, dozens of homes and buildings were damaged, when a tornado tore across the north side of Minneapolis, Minnesota, injuring at least 29 others.
Nearly 500 people have been killed so far this year, making it the deadliest year for tornadoes in the United States since 1953, when 519 people died.