A massive tornado through the southwest Missouri city of Joplin killed at least 89-people. The rescue teams received lists of where missing people might be trapped. A spokesperson of the May 23 said. “I would say 75% of the town is virtually gone”.
City Manager Mark Rohr announced that at least 89 people have been killed. Much of the city’s south side was leveled, with churches, schools, businesses and homes reduced to ruins.
Fire chief Mitch Randles said that 30 percent of the city was damaged, and even his own home was destroyed as the twister swept through this city of about 50,000 people some 160 miles south of Kansas City.
Obama issued a statement sending condolences to families of those who died in storms in Joplin and across the Midwest.
On social networking sites, people calling for prayers for the southwest Missouri city. Some people were quick to post that they and their families are OK, or to get the word out that loved ones are missing or homes were destroyed.