Will Lynch and his girlfriend were trying to get out of town before the tornado hit and instead wound up right in the middle of it. Not being able to recognize where he was by all of the destruction, his truck was picked up by the tornado and landed on another vehicle.
American Morning gets his story of survival.
Director of the CDC's National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Dr. Coleen Boyle talks about new reports saying that there has been a 17% increase on children and teens in the U.S. with developmental disabilities such as ADHD and Autism.
She speaks about the possible causes in the rise in her interview with American Morning's Kiran Chetry.
Sheriff Archie Dunn of Jasper County Missouri gives us the latest update on the recovery efforts in Joplin. Dunn speaks about the dangers of the current wreckage and how residents can move on.
So far 17 people have been rescued from the rubble but as of Tuesday morning the death toll still stands at 117.
The Governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon talks to Ali Velshi about where the community goes from here and how he plans to rebuild after nearly 30% of the town is destroyed.
There are a thousand first responders from throughout the state but the weather is hampering search and rescue efforts. Two responders have been struck by lightening.
Keith Stammer, Emergency Management Director for Jasper County talks about the difficulties of the search and rescue process during extreme weather.
17 people have been recovered from the rubble but Stammer says approximately 1,500 still remain unaccounted for.
FEMA Director, Craig Fugate talks about how they are going to handle the most recent tornado also coupled with the other recent disasters they are still responding to.
There have already been 117 deaths from this tornado alone and that number is likely to rise.