12:57 National media arrives and emergency workers aren’t quite sure what to do with them.
9:08 pm emergency personnel report natural gas leaks in Joplin and ask to start area evacuations.
The tornado is thought at this time to have been between three-quarter to one-mile wide and the damage path is at least three miles long. It’s ranking on the Fujita (F1-F5) has not been determined.
There are multiple reports of people being trapped in cars and in buildings. The Red Cross has a page set up to help you find people you know who might be missing, and to report yourself as being safe. The page is at redcross.org/safeandwell .
8:54 pm …fire’s and national guard reported on scene.
Looters reported at app. 8:30 pm
“St. John’s Regional Medical Center has been struck by what appears to be a tornado. Extensive damage to the building and a threat for more danger around the building has precipitated a full evacuation. Officials are asking that people stay away from the area.” link
Pictures of debris from Joplin that landed in Springfield-70 miles away!
Joplin Home destroyed, family survives
Storm chaser gets the Joplin monster on video
Clouds after the tornado passes in MO