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Path of the Joplin Tornado

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JOPLIN, Missouri -- On Sunday, May 22, a powerful tornado ravaged parts of Joplin, Missouri, killing 141 people as the powerful storm destroyed more than 2,000 buildings.

The destructive Joplin tornado first touched down at about 5:35 p.m. CDT (2235 UTC) and tracked eastward across the city and then across Interstate 44 into rural portions of Newton and Lawrence counties. It was reported to have been at least 1 mile (1.6 km) in width and possibly wider. Many houses and businesses were flattened and some even were blown away in Joplin, particularly in the section between 13th and 32nd Streets across the southern part of the city. (Wikipedia)

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  •  Sunday, May 22, 2011
  • Cherokee County, KS  (5:08 pm)
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    Lat/Lng: 37.133945 , -94.772606

    Cherokee County, KS

    SE Clem Rd & SE 32nd Terrace, Crawford, KS 66725
    According to a National Weather Sevice report at 5:08 PM: STORM SPOTTER REPORTS MULTIPLE FUNNEL CLOUDS at 37.13N 94.79W in Cherokee County, Kansas.

    Prompted by an alert from the National Weather Service station in Springfield, MO, Tornado warning sirens in Joplin were sounded at 5:17 p.m. The lead time before the tornado hit was about 20 minutes.
    • Riverton, KS  (5:25 pm)
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      Lat/Lng: 37.075 , -94.704444
      According to a National Weather Sevice report at 5:25 PM, a funnel cloud was spotted at 37.07N 94.70W in Riverton, Kansas.

      Mike Griffith, a meteorologist with the weather service station, said a supercell thunderstorm intensified rapidly west of Joplin in Cherokee County, Kan. “It was clear that a hook echo was forming and that a large tornado was developing,” he said. “We picked up the debris ball here on our radar. When you see that, it signifies that major damage is going on.” Griffith said the tornado that struck Joplin was a right-turning tornado, the same type of tornado that struck Picher, Okla., and Newton County on May 10, 2008. (Joplin Globe)
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        Lat/Lng: 37.056321 , -94.584504

        W 32nd St @ S Central City Rd

        W 32nd St & S Central City Rd, Joplin, MO 64804
        The tornado initially touched down just east of the Kansas state boundary near the end of 32nd Street between 5:35 and 5:41 p.m. CDT (2235 and 2241 UTC) and tracked just north of due east. Surveys remain incomplete there so it is possible it may have started in Kansas and crossed the state line into Missouri. (Wikipedia)
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          Lat/Lng: 37.0582079 , -94.5500584

          S Schifferdecker Ave

          3001-3003 S Schifferdecker Ave, Joplin, MO 64804, USA
          EF-4 (Winds 166-200 MPH)
          • St Johns Regional Medical Center
            2727 McClelland Boulevard, Joplin, MO  |  (417) 625-2273
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            Lat/Lng: 37.061501 , -94.531334

            St Johns Regional Medical Center

            2727 McClelland Boulevard, Joplin, MO
            (417) 625-2273
            EF-5 (Winds greater than 200 MPH) Damage became more widespread as the tornado crossed Maiden Lane...causing significant damage to windows and the roof of St. Johns Hospital.

            According to CNN, one facade of the building made of glass was completely blown out, and authorities were evacuating the medical center, said Ray Foreman, a meteorologist with KODE in Joplin. Makeshift triage centers were being set up in tents outside, witness Bethany Scutti said. Residents 70 miles away from Joplin in Dade County, Missouri, were finding X-rays from St. John's in their driveways, said Foreman, indicating the size and power of the twister. (CNN)
            • Greenbriar Nursing Home
              2502 South Moffet Avenue, Joplin, MO  |  (417) 623-3264
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              Lat/Lng: 37.062941 , -94.520919

              Greenbriar Nursing Home

              2502 South Moffet Avenue, Joplin, MO
              (417) 623-3264
              Reports indicate the Greenbriar Nursing Home was completely destroyed.
              • Irving Elementary School
                311 Gabby Street Blvd, Joplin, MO  |  (417) 625-5350
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                Lat/Lng: 37.06298 , -94.517208

                Irving Elementary School

                311 Gabby Street Blvd, Joplin, MO
                (417) 625-5350
                From Joplin Schools Superintendent C.J. Huff: The school was completely destroyed.
                • Joplin High School
                  2104 Indiana Avenue, Joplin, MO  |  (417) 625-5230
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                  Lat/Lng: 37.067574 , -94.50536

                  Joplin High School

                  2104 Indiana Avenue, Joplin, MO
                  (417) 625-5230
                  EF-5 (Winds greater than 200 MPH) From Joplin Schools Superintendent C.J. Huff: The school was completely destroyed.
                  • EF-5 (Winds greater than 200 MPH) The most intense damage was noted just east of Range Line and 20th where a Home Depot was destroyed by 190 to nearly 200 mph winds. In addition, a concrete block and heavy steel building had the steel roof beams collapsed. Ambulances lined the street as emergency rescue officials responded to rescue hundreds of residents trapped inside in a Walmart and Lowe's.
                    • East Middle School
                      4594 East 20th Street, Joplin, MO  |  (417) 625-5280
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                      Lat/Lng: 37.069215 , -94.450038

                      East Middle School

                      4594 East 20th Street, Joplin, MO
                      (417) 625-5280
                      EF-3 (Winds 136-165 MPH) Numerous trees snapped and uprooted. Numerous homes with collapsed walls. From Joplin Schools Superintendent C.J. Huff: The gym and auditorium are gone.
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                        Lat/Lng: 37.059291 , -94.430762

                        Interstate 44 @ U.S. 71

                        Interstate 44 & U.S. 71, Joplin, MO 64804
                        Eyewitness reports indicate the tornado crossed Highway 44 and some damage was reported further to the east.

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                          Lat/Lng: 37.0542737 , -94.4108003

                          E 32nd St

                          12723-12777 E 32nd St, Joplin, MO 64804, USA
                          EF-2 (Winds 111-135 MPH) A large warehouse lost more than 50% of its roof. The southeast corner of the building collapsed.
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                            Lat/Lng: 37.0502008 , -94.3920713

                            Brookside Dr

                            1264-1298 Brookside Dr, Joplin, MO 64804, USA
                            EF-1 (Winds 86-110 MPH) A storage unit building lost its roof and had its compartment doors collapsed inward. Minor roof damage to several other structures.
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                              Lat/Lng: 37.0392452 , -94.3729677

                              Aspen Rd

                              14749-14873 Aspen Rd, Joplin, MO 64804, USA
                              EF-0 (Winds 65-85 MPH) Minor roof damage to an building evident on aerial photographs.
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                                Lat/Lng: 37.0248299 , -94.357602

                                Beech Rd, Diamond, MO

                                15566-15780 Beech Rd, Diamond, MO 64840, USA
                                Approximate area of last indication of damage to trees observed from aerial photographs.
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                                  Lat/Lng: 37.000292 , -94.261004
                                  Total loss reported by viewer. ...winds that took our home, 3 vehicles, a 5th wheel, and a pontoon, were way more than an EFO
                                  •  total distance: 31 miles (50 km)

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