Peor tornado de EEUU en 60 años azola Missouri.

Publicado: 2011-05-24

 At least 116 people are now confirmed dead after a tornado hit the city of Joplin on Sunday, crushing cars and flattening homes.

Tornado en Missouri es considerado el más destructivo desde mediados de los años 50´s. La devastación causada en la ciudad de Joplin es similar a la provocada hace un mes por otro tornado en Tuscaloosa, en el estado de Alabama, que provocó la muerte de 30 personas.

"Fueron los 15 segundos en que sentí más pánico de toda mi vida", aseguró una sobreviviente. El tornado dejó en Joplin, una localidad de unos 50.000 habitantes, una franja de destrucción de más de diez kilómetros de largo y cerca de un kilómetro de ancho, arrancó de cuajo árboles y arrasó vecindarios enteros.

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117 MUERTOS POR TORNADO EN MISSOURI, OBAMA IRA EL DOMINGO

WASHINGTON, 24 (ANSA)- El tornado que devastó el lunes a la localidad de Joplin, en el estado norteamericano de Missouri, causó al menos 117 muertos, según un nuevo recuento oficial conocido hoy, mientras unas 2.000 casas quedaron reducidas a escombros.

    Durante la noche, socorristas hallaron el cuerpo sin vida de una persona, lo que elevó la cifra de muertos.

    Las autoridades temen que el número pueda agravarse a medida que avanzan las tareas de remoción de escombros, ya que se desconoce con exactitud el número de desaparecidos. El trabajo de los rescatistas se vio dificultado en estos días, además, por la lluvia y el mal tiempo.

    La devastación causada en Joplin es similar a la provocada hace un mes por otro tornado en Tuscaloosa, en el estado de Alabama, que provocó la muerte de 30 personas.

    "Fueron los 15 segundos en que sentí más pánico de toda mi vida", aseguró una sobreviviente. El tornado dejó en Joplin, una localidad de unos 50.000 habitantes, una franja de destrucción de más de diez kilómetros de largo y cerca de un kilómetro de ancho, arrancó de cuajo árboles y arrasó vecindarios enteros.

    El presidente, Barack Obama, de gira por Europa, se dijo hoy "destrozado" al ver las imágenes del desastre causado por el tornado, el más destructivo desde mediados de los años 50.

El mandatario, que regresará a Estados Unidos el sábado, visitará el domingo la zona siniestrada.

    "Nuestros pensamientos y nuestras oraciones están con las familias que están sufriendo en este momento", dijo el mandatario en Londres. "Todo lo que podemos hacer es hacerles saber que todo Estados Unidos está profundamente preocupado por ellos y que vamos a hacer todo lo posible para asegurarnos que se recuperen", agregó.

    JMG

24/05/2011 21:36

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Missouri tornado death toll passes 100

One survivor hid with her daughter in a closet, and said the tornado sounded like a freight train

23-5-2011 - Officials in the US state of Missouri say at least 116 people are now confirmed dead after a tornado hit the city of Joplin on Sunday, crushing cars and flattening homes.

But Joplin official Mark Rohr also said seven people had been rescued.

A thunderstorm carrying hail and high winds was hindering ongoing search and rescue efforts on Monday afternoon.

Mr Rohr said the tornado cut a path six miles (10km) long through the city, much of which is now without power.

Missouri governor Jay Nixon said he was "optimistic that there are still lives out there to be saved".

More than 1,150 people have been treated for injuries stemming from the tornado, the Joplin Globe newspaper reported.

The tornado knocked down power lines and telephone services remain largely cut off.

Joplin fire chief Mitch Randles said approximately one quarter or more of the city, home to about 50,000 people, had been damaged.

Roughly 2,000 buildings were damaged in the region, officials said.

Mr Nixon has declared a state of emergency and warned that more storms were on the way.

Cities in three other Midwestern states have also been badly affected. At least one person was killed in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The White House said on Monday that President Barack Obama was being kept up-to-date on the deadly storms in the Midwest during his six-day trip in Europe.

Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Craig Fugate is being sent to Missouri to help coordinate disaster response and recovery efforts, the White House added.

Last month, tornadoes and storms killed at least 350 people in Alabama and six other southern states.

'Nothing left'

Tornado sirens rang 20 minutes before the storm struck Joplin's city centre.

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Deadly US tornadoes

March 1925: Deadliest twister in US history as so-called Tri-State Tornado kills 695 in Missouri, southern Illinois and south-west Indiana

March 1932: Deep South tornado outbreak kills 332 people from Texas to South Carolina, with 270 dying in Alabama alone

May 1840: The Great Natchez Tornado kills 317 people in Mississippi town, most living on flatboats on the river

April 1974: 310 killed in 24-hour "super outbreak" of 148 tornadoes across 13 states.

May 1896: Two weeks of storms kill 305 people in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky

"There was a loud huffing noise, my windows started popping. I had to get downstairs, glass was flying. I opened a closet and pulled myself into it," Jeff Lehr, a reporter for the Joplin Globe newspaper, told the Associated Press.

"Then you could hear everything go. It tore the roof off my house, everybody's house. I came outside and there was nothing left."

Another resident, Tom Rogers, said his house had been destroyed.

"It's just gone," he told the Joplin Globe. "We heard the tornado sirens for the second time. All of a sudden, everything came crashing down on us. We pulled our heads up and there was nothing."

Much of the city's south side is reported to have been levelled, with churches, schools, businesses and homes reduced to rubble.

Nearly 100 patients at the St John Regional Medical Center were evacuated after the hospital took a direct hit.

A resident living 45 miles (70km) away said debris from the hospital had landed in his yard, including medical supplies and X-rays.

A door-to-door search of the damaged area began on Monday morning, but progress was slow because of the thunderstorm, and the danger from downed power lines and gas leaks, which caused fires around the city overnight.

Earlier, the Red Cross opened a shelter at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin for victims, spokeswoman Joanne Muir told the BBC.

Continued risk

Upon arriving in Ireland on Monday afternoon, President Obama phoned Governor Nixon to express his condolences for the devastation in Missouri.

Mr Obama had released a statement earlier in the day about the destruction, while en route to Europe.

"Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives in the tornadoes and severe weather that struck Joplin, Missouri, as well as communities across the Midwest today," the president said.

Jay Nixon said storms had caused extensive damage across Missouri.

"As a state, we are deploying every agency and resource available to keep Missouri families safe, search for the missing, provide emergency medical care, and begin to recover," he said.

He warned that the storms were not finished and urged Missourians to keep a close eye on the latest weather information.

May 24, 2011

Missouri city walloped by deadly tornado

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Rescue crews worked through the rain-soaked chill of night, ignoring lightning and strong winds to dig through splintered homes, crumpled businesses and crushed cars in this Missouri city walloped by the deadliest single tornado in nearly six decades. Even more ominous: More storms, possibly strong ones, were on the horizon.

The death toll in Joplin reached 116 on Monday and was expected to climb. But there were glimmers of hope: Rescuers pulled 17 survivors from the rubble, and Gov. Jay Nixon vowed that crews would keep searching until everyone is accounted for.(43 images)

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A torn American flag stands in the wreckage of a church in Joplin, Mo., Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Rescue crews worked through the rain-soaked chill of night, ignoring lightning and strong winds to dig through splintered homes, crumpled businesses and crushed cars in Joplin. Robert Ray / AP

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This frame grab from video shows lightning inside a massive tornado on Sunday, May 22, 2011, outside Joplin, Mo. tornadovideos.net / AP

Residents of Joplin, Mo, walk west on 26th Street near Maiden Lane after a tornado hit the southwest Missouri city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. Mike Gullett / AP

An emergency worker carries a girl to safety from the remains of Academy Sports in Joplin, Mo. after a tornado struck the city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. Roger Nomer / The Joplin Globe blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2011/05/missouri-city...

Two rescuers try to pull free a woman from a destroyed building in Joplin, Mo. after a tornado struck the city on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. Roger Nomer / The Joplin Globe

Residents of Joplin, Mo, help a woman who survived in her basement after a tornado hit the city on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Mike Gullett / AP

A man carries a young girl who was rescued after being trapped with her mother in their home after a tornado hit Joplin, Mo. on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. Mike Gullett / AP blogs.sacbee.com/photos/2011/05/missouri-city...

A destroyed helicopter lies on its side in the parking lot of the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. Mark Schiefelbein / AP

Emergency personnel walk through a neighborhood severely damaged by a tornado near the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. Mark Schiefelbein / AP

A commercial neighborhood in Joplin, Mo., is seen Monday, May 23, 2011, after it was leveled by a tornado that caused heavy damage on Sunday afternoon. The twister cut a six-mile path through the city. Adam Wisneski / Tulsa World

Emergency workers wait for a medical team after finding a body in a tornado ravaged car in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. Charlie Riedel / AP

An emergency vehicle drives through a severely damaged neighborhood in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. Charlie Riedel / AP

On this Sunday, May 22, 2011 photo, two young Joplin, Mo., residents carry their dog and head to a rescue center after their home was destroyed by a tornado that hit the southwest Missouri city on Sunday evening. The tornado tore a path a mile wide and four miles long destroying homes and businesses. Mike Gullett / AP

Traffic passes tornado damage in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. Valerie Mosley / The Springfield News-Leader

Co-workers Cindy Albers, left, and Kim Hoosier hug on 20th Street near New Hampshire Ave in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. Valerie Mosley / The Springfield News-Leader

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Meghan Miller stands in the middle of a destroyed neighborhood as she checks on her sister-in-law's home Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin , Mo. Jeff Roberson / AP

A broken bike and what remains of a destroyed neighborhood are seen Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin, Mo. Jeff Roberson / AP

A car sits among rubble from a tornado Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin , Mo. Jeff Roberson / AP

Damaged cars remain in the parking lot of a destroyed grocery store on Monday, May 23, 2011, the day after a tornado swept through Joplin, Mo. Mark Schiefelbein / AP

James Miller tosses aside a door as he searches through what remains of his sister's house Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin , Mo. Jeff Roberson / AP

Carolyn Hall tries to gather clothes from her home in Joplin, MO., Monday, May 23, 2011. Valerie Mosley / The Springfield News-Leader

Deputy Eddy Mathews of the Mayes County, Okla., Sheriff's Department hands off a dog to volunteer Mike Hughey of Ozark, Mo., after rescuers found a pair of dogs in the rubble of a destroyed home near the St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. Mark Schiefelbein / AP

Maggie Kelley and her husband, Trey Adams hug their dog, Saint, after finding him amid the rubble of her home in Joplin, Mo. Monday, May 23, 2011. Adam Wisneski / Tulsa World

Ashley Stephens holds a ferret she rescued from the home of a missing woman while helping a friend collect belongings Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin, Mo. Charlie Riedel / AP

Cars are strewn about in the parking lot at St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. Charlie Riedel / AP

A woman looks at the damage to St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011, a day after it was hit by a tornado. Jaime Green / The Wichita Eagle

Rescue workers in lime-green jackets search for bodies and survivors inside St. John's hospital in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. Wisneski Tulsa World / Tulsa World

Tornado damage is seen Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin, Mo. Jeff Roberson / AP

A man carries a box out of a house damaged by a tornado Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin , Mo. Jeff Roberson / AP

Tornado damage in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. Valerie Mosley / The Springfield News-Leader

Firefighters from Oklahoma move a dresser while searching for victims in the wreckage of a public housing complex in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. Mark Schiefelbein / AP

Kathleen Kelsey, a canine rescue specialist with the Missouri Task Force One search-and-rescue team, guides a live-find dog named ChicoDog through the wreckage of a public housing complex in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. Mark Schiefelbein / AP

Emergency responders survey a mangled neighborhood in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. Charlie Riedel / AP

Mary Womack, in white top at the right, reacts to the news that the renter that lived in her house had been found and taken to the hospital on Monday, May 23, 2011. Mike Gullett / AP

Residents of Joplin, Mo, survey the damage of their homes and city on Monday, May 23, 2011. Mike Gullett / AP

Josh Ramsey looks through the rubble of what is left of his mother-in-law's home following a tornado Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin , Mo. Jeff Roberson / AP

A firefighter searches a home Monday, May 23, 2011, that was destroyed by a tornado in Joplin, Mo. Charlie Riedel / AP

Laura Vanzant looks for her dog Monday, May 23, 2011 in her home that was destroyed by a tornado in Joplin, Mo. Charlie Riedel / AP

Alexia Neal carries a pot and a bottle of syrup out of the rubble that used to be her home in Joplin, Mo. Monday, May 23, 2011. Jaime Green / The Wichita Eagle

People climb over wreckage in a neighborhood near St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo. Monday, May 23, 2011, a day after it was hit by a tornado. Jaime Green / The Wichita Eagle

Home owners, family and friends sort through the rubble of a residential neighborhood in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23 2011 after it was leveled by a tornado that destroyed nearly 30 percent of the town on Sunday afternoon. Adam Wisneski / Tulsa World

Jean Logan reacts as she sees the damage to her home in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011 after it was damaged by a tornado that destroyed nearly 30 percent of the town on Sunday afternoon. Adam Wisneski / Tulsa World

A shelf cloud containing a thunderstorm approaches a tornado-ravaged neighborhood in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. Charlie Riedel / AP

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