Joplin

Joplin

The gathering storm: Tracing the trail of Joplin’s killer tornado

It is astonishing to learn that scientists can trace the origins of the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011, back to a weather system that formed two weeks earlier and 4,000 miles away. Here is the story of that violent storm system and the people caught underneath it as it grinded westward from California to the Rocky Mountains and across the Plains.

What does Joplin look like five years after the EF5 tornado?

Joplin was hit by a massive EF5 tornado that killed 161 people, injured 1,000, and destroyed 7,500 homes and business on May 22, 2011.Take a look at what Joplin looks like now -- five years later.
Monty Davis and Eric Adler The Kansas City Star