The nation's deadliest tornado hit March 18, 1925, killing 695 people and traveling more than 300 miles through Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. Also heavily damaged was Joplin High School, though, miraculously, nobody was at the school at the time, as graduation ceremonies had just ended about three miles north of JHS. "As soon as we could get there, we would help them with the cleanup, the hard work that no one wants to do," he said. The sheer scope of the damage was beyond belief. This tornado is one of the deadliest in the U.S. since the April 9, 1947 tornado in Woodward, Oklahoma and the seventh-deadliest in U.S. history. "He saved my life, he saved a lot of lives," said Fluharty, 22. Severe Storms. A large portion of Joplin, Missouri was devastated by an EF-5 (greater than 200 mph) tornado resulting in 158 fatalities and over 1000 injured in the Joplin MO area. The Joplin Globe estimated this tornado generated about 4.1 million cubic yards of residential and commercial debris. The track left by the Joplin tornado remained visible on May 30, 2011, when the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) on NASA’s Terra satellite captured this false-color image. Date Posted: May 22, 2012. By Carma Hassan, Faith Karimi and Ralph Ellis, CNN. Recently searched locations will be displayed if there is no search query. The tornado started in Concordia Parish, La., and killed … An EF5 tornado up to a mile-wide left a six-mile long gash in the city of Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, 2011. Use escape to clear. Acquired May 4, 2011, this false-color image shows a tornado track near Birmingham, Alabama. Land 9 Ways to Tell the Difference. Mesmerizing Vintage Photos of U.S. Drug Stores, World's Scariest Airport Runways (PHOTOS), Tropical Storm Cindy: Inland Rain and Tornado Maker (RECAP), © Copyright TWC Product and Technology LLC 2014, 2020, Before, after, one year after, and most current (Mar. Land The first option will be automatically selected. (Google Earth). 2016) view of the swath of damage from the May 22, 2011 EF5 tornado in Joplin, Missouri. In the afternoon and evening of May 22, 2011, a supercell thunderstorm traveled from southeastern Kansas into southwestern Missouri. About 7,500 residential dwellings were left damaged or destroyed, affecting more than 17,000 residents, according to "32 Minutes in May," a book published by The Joplin Globe. Severe Storms. Daniel Fluharty was working at a Pizza Hut five years ago when the warnings sounded. (2011, May 30). Before, after and most current (Mar. Panoramas of Joplin before and after the tornado. T he tornado surpassed the June 8, 1953, tornado that claimed 116 lives in Flint, Mich., as … Acquired May 7, 2011, this natural-color image shows part of a tornado track near the town of Berry, Alabama. National Weather Service made changes after Joplin… It was the second F5/EF5 tornado in Missouri history since 1950. NASA Earth Observatory image created by Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon, using data provided courtesy of NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. Now they both have tattoos. As of May 30, the National Weather Service classified the Joplin tornado as the deadliest in the United States since modern recordkeeping began in 1950, and the eighth-deadliest tornado in U.S. history. Severe Storms, Image of the Day The recommendations included an improved warning system that conveyed the urgent nature of an approaching tornado and the devastating impact it could have.