Hear from Joplin tornado survivors, and how the tornado shaped their future
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A record breaking year of tornadoes, 2011. After the April 25-28th, 2011 super outbreak with more than 300 tornadoes, severe weather season was far from over.
On May 22, 2011 a powerful EF-5 tornado devastated the Missouri town of Joplin. It is one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history, killing 158 people. There were more than 1,000 injuries. Here’s a list of the deadliest tornadoes in the U.S. and Joplin is the most deadly since 1953.
|March 18, 1925||Tri-State Tornado (Mo, IL, IN)||695|
|May 6, 1840||Natchez, MS||317|
|May 27, 1896||St. Louis||255|
|April 5, 1936||Tupelo, MS||216|
|April 6, 1936||Gainesville, GA||203|
|April 9, 1947||Woodward, OK||181|
|MAY 22, 2011||JOPLIN, MO||158|
|April 24, 1908||Amite, LA||143|
|June 12, 1899||New Richmond, WI||117|
|June 8, 1953||Flint, MI||116|
The tornado was on the ground for about 40 minutes with maximum winds peaking at 225-250mph.
Ten years later, young students remember that terrible day, and how it changed their future.
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