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Joplin, Missouri Tornado May Be One For History Books

May 23, 2011

Sadly a  total of 116 people are confirmed dead as a result of Sunday’s tornado in Joplin, Missouri, according to city manager Mark Rohr.  That means the death toll from the Joplin twister is tied for the second highest in the United States since the National Weather Service began keeping such tornado records in 1950. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday that 2011 is the ninth-deadliest tornado year on record, with more than 450 killed by twisters so far this year, far short of the 794 people killed by tornadoes in 1925.

About 1,000 tornadoes have struck the U.S. so far this year; a record 1,817 tornadoes ravaged the country in 2003.

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