Joplin tornado

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Wedding Registry Trend: Safe Rooms

In Tornado Alley, tying the knot means surviving the storm

(Newser) - Never mind toasters, blenders, and slow cookers. Joplin, Mo., tornado survivors Kayla and Ricky Smith had a more practical wedding gift request—shelter from the next big storm, reports the AP . The Smiths were on the leading edge of an odd trend in Tornado Alley: Engaged couples using bridal registries... More »

Why the Oklahoma Tornado Was Among the Worst Ever

Twister lasted a devastating 40 minutes

(Newser) - The monster tornado that tore through an Oklahoma City suburb is one of the worst on record by most standards, the Smithsonian finds. At an estimated two miles wide, the storm was one of the biggest recorded and it was also extremely powerful, with winds above 199mph. But what made... More »

UAE Steps Up Foreign Aid —to US

Ireland does, too

(Newser) - When tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri , needed laptops for its 2,200 high school students and a rebuilt neonatal ICU, in stepped ... the United Arab Emirates? Yep. In a strange turn of events, the UAE has been stepping up foreign aid to the US. The campaign, which gave millions to Joplin, has... More »

Hundreds Rally for Destroyed Joplin Mosque

More than $400K raised to rebuild

(Newser) - For the residents of Joplin, Missouri, the Islamic Center of Joplin was more than just a mosque—it acted as a relief center for victims during last year's horrific tornado . So when organizers threw a rally Saturday night to show support for the mosque, which burned down three weeks... More »

Obama Salutes Joplin's Grads, 'Inspiration'

President delivers commencement speech a year after deadly tornado

(Newser) - A year after a screaming tornado ripped out the heart of Joplin, Mo. , as its new graduates headed home from commencement , President Obama last night saluted the town's resilience as Joplin High School feted a new crop of graduates. "The story of Joplin isn't just what happened... More »

Insurance Company Won't Pay Joplin Hero's Claim

Mark Lindquist's $2.5M workers' comp claim denied

(Newser) - When the Joplin tornado hit, social worker Mark Lindquist was working for Community Support Services at a group home where three men with Down syndrome lived. “I loved them almost as much as I love my own kid,” Lindquist recalls. They couldn’t move quickly enough to relocate,... More »

FEMA Suspends Joplin Relief to Pay for Irene Relief

And Obama will likely have to ask Congress for additional funding

(Newser) - How will FEMA pay for Hurricane Irene disaster assistance? By suspending payments related to the Joplin tornado, the Washington Post reports. The FEMA disaster relief fund currently has only $900 million in it, less than the preferred $1 billion minimum. President Obama has already signed emergency declarations for the District... More »

Joplin Records 156th Tornado Death

Grace Sanders passed away after being injured in storm

(Newser) - The death toll from the May 22 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo. , has risen to 156. The city's public information office says it was notified yesterday of the death of Grace Sanders, who was injured in the tornado. No other information about the victim or the death was released.... More »

900 Pets Homeless, Abandoned in Joplin

Joplin Humane Society running at three times its normal capacity

(Newser) - Hundreds of dogs and cats peer out from their cages at the Joplin Humane Society, some with cuts, infections, and broken bones from the deadly tornado that turned their lives, like those of their owners, upside down. Since the tornado, the Humane Society has found itself overflowing with animals, with... More »

Fire Destroys Joplin Victims' Salvaged Possessions

Fire takes down industrial building

(Newser) - In a cruel twist of fate, a fire has destroyed a Joplin industrial building where some tornado victims had placed their remaining belongings. Several tornado victims had been renting space in the metal warehouse at the Lesley Business Centers to store items they salvaged from the May 22 tornado . "... More »

Lethal Fungus Compounds Joplin Misery

Three fatalities linked so far to contaminated soil that got under skin

(Newser) - As if recovering from the devastation of last month's tornado weren't enough, Joplin is facing a new threat: A fungal infection that has been linked in the deaths of at least three people. Murcomycosis is linked to fungal spores that live in the soil, usually inhaled; in Joplin'... More »

Joplin Fallout: Everyone Accounted For

Death toll now at 124

(Newser) - Joplin has crossed all the names off its list of missing people. Everyone has now been accounted for, the Missouri Department of Public Safety announced today, saying it was the final report they'll be issuing on the matter. The "confirmed deceased" toll now stands at 124, NPR reports. More »

Circus Elephant Helps Clean Up Joplin

Animal drags ruined vehicles

(Newser) - In tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri, a brief moment of whimsy. The Atlantic Wire points to the video below, which shows an elephant helping with clean-up efforts. According to the YouTube user who uploaded the video, the animal is part of the Picadilly Circus, which was scheduled to perform but cancelled after... More »

Joplin Confronts Tornado's Toxic Wake

Liquid chemicals, asbestos, burning pollutants all threats of disaster cleanup

(Newser) - As residents confront a gigantic cleanup following the tornado that savaged Joplin, environmental dangers could lurk amid the mountains of debris, and even in the water and air. But EPA teams are saying the damage could’ve been much worse—they’ve turned up no serious pollution issues in the... More »

FEMA to Put Joplin Victims in Homes Up to 55 Miles Away

Existing housing preferable to trailers due to risk of tornadoes

(Newser) - Some of the people left homeless by the Joplin tornado could be placed in rental homes nearly an hour's drive away, and if enough homes are not available, FEMA says it will consider bringing in trailers. FEMA's first option for housing the thousands of displaced is to find... More »

Obama: We Will Get Joplin 'Back On Its Feet'

President speaks at memorial service one week after tornado hit

(Newser) - Speaking at a memorial service in Joplin today, President Obama promised, "We're not going to stop 'til Joplin's back on its feet." Obama, fresh off his trip to Europe, arrived in the tornado-ravaged town today to comfort survivors and tour devastated neighborhoods. He promised government... More »

Missing Joplin Teen Found Dead

FindWillNorton Facebook page had attracted national attention

(Newser) - A charismatic Joplin teenager whose disappearance in Sunday's tornado captured national attention has been found dead, reports CNN. Will Norton was driving home from his high school graduation with his father when the violent storm snapped his seat belt and pulled him through the sunroof of his Hummer H3.... More »

Facebook Reunites Tornado Victims With Lost Photos

Two sites let people check out and claim recovered photographs

(Newser) - The tornado that devastated Joplin also scattered countless family photos to the winds. Facebook to the rescue. Two sites in particular, here and here , are acting as a clearinghouse of sorts for found photographs. Scans of the images get posted there, where tornado victims can spot them and eventually claim... More »

Joplin Toll Rises to 142

That gives 2011 the highest recorded death toll for tornadoes

(Newser) - The death toll from the monster tornado last week in Missouri has risen by seven to at least 142, city spokeswoman Lynn Onstot said today. That makes this the deadliest year for tornadoes in the US since 1950, based on an assessment of figures from the National Weather Service. The... More »

How to Live Through a Tornado

For one thing, don't open the windows

(Newser) - The tornadoes that have rampaged through the South and Midwest this year didn't need to be as devastating as they were: NPR talks to experts and finds that an ounce of prevention can make the difference between life and death, even when 200mph-winds are involved. Some things you can... More »

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