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May 25th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

5 patients killed in tornado at Joplin's St. John's Medical Center

Joplin's St. John's Regional Medical Center is the only building still standing for miles in the tornado-ravaged city. Sunday's tornado claimed the lives of five of the 183 patients there.

CNN's Ali Velshi talks to Gary Pulsipher, CEO of the Center, and Dr. Sean Smith, Emergency Room Technician.


Filed under: Tornado • U.S. • Weather
May 25th, 2011
10:56 AM ET

Joplin couple survives tornado by hiding in their basement

Ella Smith and her husband sought refuge in the basement of their Joplin home when the tornado was bound to hit. Their home was destroyed and collapsed ontop of them; the two were pulled out from under the rubble and survived.


Filed under: Tornado • U.S. • Weather
May 24th, 2011
10:13 AM ET

Man tries to outrun the tornado, lands right in the middle of it

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.


Filed under: Tornado • Weather
May 24th, 2011
10:00 AM ET

Death toll of Joplin tornado rising

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.


Filed under: Tornado • Weather
May 24th, 2011
09:57 AM ET

Missouri Governor talks about where the community goes from here

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.


Filed under: Tornado • Weather
May 24th, 2011
09:22 AM ET

Approximately 1,500 people still unaccounted for after tornado

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.


Filed under: Tornado • Weather
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