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Written by Heidi Farrar   
Monday, 23 May 2011 14:13

Above is video of yesterday's horrific tornado in Joplin, Missouri, filmed by the TVN Basehunters storm chasing team of Scott Peake, Colt Forney, Kevin Rolfs and Isaac Pato. The four meteorology students assisted with first response efforts as they arrived in Joplin, even transporting injured victims to the hospital. Please refer to the National Weather Service in Springfield, MO for the latest information on the Joplin tornado (here).

5.24.11day2otlk_1730Severe weather also threatens a wide area of the eastern and central U.S. today, the latest in what has been a multi-day severe weather episode. Tomorrow, May 24, 2011, has all the makings of an extremely dangerous weather day across the southern Plains. Parmeters are highly indicative of long-tracked, strong to violent tornadoes across Kansas and Oklahoma. As such, the Storm Prediction Center has issued a Day-2 Moderate Risk, and an upgrade to High Risk appears likely. Residents of the risk areas are strongly urged to monitor this developing situation and have a good severe weather plan in place now. Dozens of storm chasers will be covering this event to provide ground-truth to NWS and media personnel; live streaming video is available at our Live page, here.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 May 2011 14:42
 
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Re:Devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri
Jun 14 2011 20:54:52
Update: Well the media has left obviously but the hard work has just begun. First of all I appreciate everyones thoughts and concerns. I wish they weren't coming my way but they are very welcome here. The death toll has gone up to 156 now. A lot of victims are not making it that were in the hospital. On a brighter note, I went through town today and was seeing signs of great progress in debris removal and the walgreens that was destroyed has almost all four walls up. Great for me and my wife cause we did some shopping there. Anyway right now it looks like most people will have their debris removal taken care of by either insurance or at no cost to the homeowner. The schoold district has found buildings that they will use for now to use till new ones are built. Still no word on the hospital other than they are looking at a few sites. I am amazed to see the groups of volunteers that are continuously coming here to help. The heartache is still here but the city and its people are pushing forward.
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Re:Devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri
Jun 14 2011 22:29:30
Firefighter1548 wrote:
Update: Well the media has left obviously but the hard work has just begun. First of all I appreciate everyones thoughts and concerns. I wish they weren't coming my way but they are very welcome here. The death toll has gone up to 156 now. A lot of victims are not making it that were in the hospital. On a brighter note, I went through town today and was seeing signs of great progress in debris removal and the walgreens that was destroyed has almost all four walls up. Great for me and my wife cause we did some shopping there. Anyway right now it looks like most people will have their debris removal taken care of by either insurance or at no cost to the homeowner. The schoold district has found buildings that they will use for now to use till new ones are built. Still no word on the hospital other than they are looking at a few sites. I am amazed to see the groups of volunteers that are continuously coming here to help. The heartache is still here but the city and its people are pushing forward.

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Well, Firefighter, you are from a town an F5 hit, I am from a city that had areas the Mississippi River rose up in flood, and drowned some folks' homes. Either way there are people who have to start over. Here, I hope the City Council will forbid construction in the bottom lands along the river since that area has a long history of floating people's homes away. If the city, or FEMA buys the land there, the people will have the means to buy a new home on a drier safer spot.

In your area, I hope Safe Rooms become part of building codes, with 2 access doors so nobody gets trapped in the safe room by debris, and can't get out.

Good to hear things are looking up, with some businesses like your Walgreens coming back up and running. That will help everybody feel better.

As for the volunteers, everybody knows that a disaster can happen anywhere, and it could be in their area next time. As for my town, it has had tornadoes, the Mississippi occasionally floods, and we are on the New Madrid earthquake fault... Tennessee is the Volunteer State for good reason!
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Re:Devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri
Jun 15 2011 09:43:01
Thanks for the update, Firefighter.

Keep us posted and know your friends at TVN are thinking of you guys there in Joplin.
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+3 #1 smalltexan 2011-05-23 09:30
Wow!! I just can't believe all these strong tornadoes this year! Good luck to Joplin!! Its really devistating, thats why we need storm chasers! Good job guys!!
 
 
+1 #2 SW2602 2011-05-23 09:35
My prayers are with Joplin and all those who have been devastated by this year's incredible tornado outbreaks. Tomorrow, I will finally be out in the field chasing. I'm thinking of SC Kansas/Northern Oklahoma as my points of interest. May all stay safe tomorrow for those who go out. See you at the inflow section.
 
 
+1 #3 brodyinIL 2011-05-23 10:51
Just saw that Video on NBC Nightly News
 
 
-1 #4 Ski151 2011-05-23 13:51
The death toll is up to 116, and the prediction center is warning of another outbreak tomorrow. I pray for those who are in the path of anything tomorrow
 
 
+2 #5 AgentBeagle 2011-05-23 13:51
So much of the damage footage right now is only coming from the area around the hospital, so it's hard to analyze the scope of the devastation. However, the pictures I have seen look so, so much like the images from Tuscaloosa. That one killed about 34, and this one killed over 116? Goodness, it must have hit a huge residential area.
 
 
+5 #6 SongMom 2011-05-23 14:56
It's amazing how this tornado went from a few small vorticities to a huge monster in just a matter of seconds! How scary that they can get so serious so quickly. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected.
 
 
-1 #7 sun09 2011-05-25 08:48
My thoughts and prayers goes out to all the people of Joplin. I've been keeping up with the tragedy through my local news stations and the Weather Channel.. My God Bless u and comfort u in this time of need..
 
 
-2 #8 sun09 2011-05-25 08:56
To all the Storm Chasers out there tonight, please be careful out their.. What u guys,(and girls), do by putting yourself in the line of fire just to keep the public safe, is nothing short of AMAZING. I love ya all for doing what you do..
 
 
-3 #9 jamieg314 2011-05-26 12:35
This was really good footage of the joplin, missouri EF5, but my question is did any of the storm chasers call 911? When we watch Reed and his team they are always calling 911 as soon as it touches down, but i didn't hear anybody call. That makes me sad to know so many people say they had no warning, but these storm chasers watched it form and touch down and called no one.
 
 
-3 #10 blogging1982@hotmail.com 2011-05-26 18:15
A second tornado might hit the already-tornado savaged area of Joplin, Mo. A new storm front is heading toward the lower Midwest, and it might bring even more tornadoes with it. Five states are currently at great risk of tornado outbreak. Here is the proof: Joplin, Mo., could face second tornado after devastation, newstype.com
 
 
0 #11 SkyEyeJo 2011-05-27 05:06
@ jamieg, yes. They certainly did. Repeatedly. AND the sirens WERE operational AND activated.
 
 
0 #12 dianneschuch 2013-07-22 18:16
Why didn't he call it in? A lot of people died. One said that they had no notice.

In the beginning it looks like a finger plucked that electrical line like a guitar string
 
 
0 #13 Yulgenez 2013-10-17 08:49
This was one of the meanest, scariest tornado's and the way it formed, it? looked so evil. But luckily, today 2013, there don re-building things, well, they are STILL rebuilding things but, not a lot :) I know? because I live in Missouri. -how can i get more followers on pinterest
 

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