JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) - The National Weather Service says the tornado
that swept through the southwest Missouri town of Joplin was a
highest-rated EF5 storm, with winds greater than 200 mph.
The twister that struck Sunday was the deadliest single tornado
to touchdown since the National Weather Service began keeping
official records in 1950. It's the 8th-deadliest single twister in
Officials said Tuesday the storm also injured more than 750
people. Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr says nine people have been
recovered from the debris, and authorities say the search and
rescue effort is continuing.
(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)