With the ever increasing proliferation of digital cameras and camcorders, it is only natural that more and more unusual events are being photographed than ever before. Last weekend, a monster tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri, killing over 100 people, making this particular twister the deadliest in decades. Now, despite the peril, the cameras were rolling during the storms.
Yesterday, Yahoo News published a story that photographically documented the killer storm from its formation, captured by storm chasers, to its aftermath, which is represented in a slide show. One video was even shot in the dark cooler of a convenient store, which is where employees and customers ran for cover as the building was starting to be ripped apart by the nearly 200mph winds. Yet another shows the utter devastation from an aerial perspective.
Needless to say, the videos and photos are awe-inspiring for all the wrong ways.
As for the hit on Joplin itself, the death toll is up to 116 and authorities are still saying that it could rise even higher. However, rescue workers are still not giving up hope that people could still be alive under the mounds of debris that left Joplin looking like a war zone. So far, 17 survivors have been pulled from under the wreckage. Among the buildings enduring a direct hit: the city hospital, here 5 people died and many more were injured.
For even more bad news, forecasters are expecting a high risk for more severe weather across the Midwest all week. As for the storm that hit Missouri, analysts are starting to gain a clear picture of what happened. To start with it was a single tornado that did all the damage, an EF-4 with winds approaching 200mph as evidenced by the extent of the damage.
As the days progress, more photos and videos are sure to come out, too, so stay tuned.
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