Death Toll Climbs from MO Tornado, Stormy Weather Moving East

More tornadoes are expected across the nation's midsection through the middle of the week, but it is unlikely that any outbreak will be as widespread as one that hit the South last month.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma says more violent weather is expected after a tornado killed at least 115 people at Joplin, Missouri Sunday, leaving a six-mile path of destruction. Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma could see tornadoes Monday and Tuesday, and the bad weather could spread to the East Coast by Friday.

The warning coordinator for the storm center, Greg Carbin, says that while Joplin's death toll was high, Sunday's storms couldn't compare to those that killed more than 300 across the South April 27. He says storms this week should be more isolated than the Alabama outbreak.

Meanwhile, a doctor has confirmed at least four people were killed at St. John's Regional Medical Center during the tornado that tore through the Missouri hospital.

Dr. Jim Roscoe said Monday he doesn't know if the victims there were patients or staff members. He compared the carnage to what he saw last year after the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Roscoe says some staff members who responded to the hospital after the storm already were injured, but worked through the night.

He says he arrived at the hospital soon after the tornado hit and it looked like it had been in a nuclear disaster.

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