Joplin MO Tornado seeing the calm after the storm

The tornado that caused the damage – It tore a 6-mile path that was approximately 1-mile wide, tying it for the single deadliest twister to ever hit American soil since the National Weather Service began keeping records 61 years ago. The tornado touched down at 5:41 p.m. At least 14,000 people were without power as of Monday evening. The population of Joplin is 50,500.  A second page of mine shows more photos, videos, and ways that people can help with donations.

May 22, 2011 marked the date of the Joplin, MO tornado. Progress is beginning to be seen for so many of us looking for some light at the end. I wanted to show a visual image of where it has come from to where things stand now. Here is a photo of St. John Medical Center, which was completely evacuated within 90 minutes after the tornado.

Vehicles were marked to show that they had been searched

The current death toll is 116 deceased.  17 survivors have been rescued. I personally know of several people whose family members perished. 1,150 people were reported injured so far. This is the remains left of one of those who perished.

Lightning Strikes came close to many people and news reporters. Two reports were hit directly by the lightning.

People looked for things to be thankful for

Remains were very somber, and the sky was ominous

Some First Responders have worked 30 hrs straight, with much more work to be done

The devastation of homes – People can’t even determine if a house is theirs or not. Home owners, family and friends sort through the rubble, destroying nearly 30 percent of the town on Sunday afternoon.

View of Inside a Home

There were requests for missing parents of children found wandering the streets

Survivors wandered to find their homes

Medical Staff came from hundreds of miles to help

Fires were also a major concern, breaking out across the city due to gas leaks and other issues

Many businesses were destroyed also. This is a few photos of the Pepsi plant, as well as an interactive link of the path of the storm, courtesy of the Springfield News-leader.

Hundreds upon hundreds more photos could be shown to mark the destruction caused by this tornado that lasted approximately 10 minutes. Right now the focus is first on locating survivors. The dedication of physicians, other medical staff, and First Responders has been amazing. Members of the emergency room staff from St. John’s showed up after the tornado with injuries of their own, but continued working through the night.

The nation has shown a tremendous outpouring of compassion and assistance. In all the tragedy, there is still a determination to look for the good. It is found in the human spirit and fortitude. May it continue in the months to come.

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4 thoughts on “Joplin MO Tornado seeing the calm after the storm

  1. rejunavate August 1, 2012 at 10:19 pm Reply

    i am over whelmed with sadness by the destruction the tornado causes…such scale of destruction …. last seen was the tsunami 2004… feel so sorry for all the people and especially the children

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy August 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm Reply

      I agree wholeheartedly. They have responded with amazing fortitude in the midst of such upheaval and devastation.

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  2. Linda Eger, Photo Editor May 8, 2015 at 11:56 am Reply

    Is it possible to license your photograph of the Joplin, MO tornado? This would appear in Scholastic Storyworks in an upcoming edition of the magazine.

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    • Overwhelmed By Joy May 8, 2015 at 8:56 pm Reply

      Wow, thank you so much for the honor. It is still as though it just happened yesterday. I am not a professional photographer and have never done anything like this but would be happy to do so to help get the story out. I will look into how to do so or if you can direct me, that is also fantastic. Were you looking at a specific photo?

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