Monday, May 23, 2011

A devastating tornado caused at least 89 people in the city of Joplin

A devastating tornado has been beaten to force the city of Joplin, Missouri, which was virtually destroyed with hundreds injured and, according to local press, at least 89 dead. The governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon, declared a state of emergency and ordered the deployment of National Guard and medical teams to help rescue victims.

Speaking to CNN, the governor would not give a precise number of deaths. The direct impact of the tornado in this city, which has about 50,000 inhabitants, has caused devastation similar to that experienced by the town of Tuscaloosa, Ala., last month, killing 30 people. The local newspaper in the city, "Joplin Globe, tells on his website looks bleak left by the tornado in its path, with the streets almost impassable by fallen trees and utility poles.

Emergency vehicles at this time working throughout the city to help people trapped and injured citizens gathered to take the nearest hospitals. Many of the city's public buildings were seriously damaged, including two schools in middle and high school and St. John Regional Hospital, which was virtually destroyed.

Eyewitnesses have told the media that the hospital was beaten directly, not partially, by the tornado, and several of its wings caught fire. A hunter of tornado, Steve Polley, told CNN that the situation of Joplin was unrecognizable, and had produced a "complete devastation." The tornado that has beaten Joplin is part of a chain of storms that went through today some Midwestern United States, like Wisconsin, Minnesota and Missouri.

In Minneapolis, tornadoes have caused the closure of roads and highways by falling trees and power lines also have caused gas leaks and destruction of houses. The authorities have warned that tornadoes will continue in the coming areas in the Midwest area of the country, and advised people to seek shelter.

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