In Joplin, another massive, deadly tornado strikes

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I can’t recall another tornado season like this one.

Eighty-nine people are now dead now in Joplin, Missouri, the victims of a tornado six miles long and more than a half-mile wide that struck the center of the town Sunday evening. We can warn people when such storms are likely to emerge, and notify people when they do, but tornadoes this large and destructive leave you no place safe to hide.

– Jay Bookman

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Tommy Maddox

May 23rd, 2011
7:31 am

This is just bad stuff.

stands for decibels

May 23rd, 2011
7:35 am

From one of the fortunate ones…

Jeff Lehr, a reporter for the Joplin Globe, said he was upstairs in his home when the storm hit but was able to get to a basement closet.

“There was a loud huffing noise, my windows started popping. I had to get downstairs, glass was flying. I opened a closet and pulled myself into it,” he told the Associated Press. “Then you could hear everything go. It tore the roof off my house, everybody’s house. I came outside and there was nothing left.”

philospher

May 23rd, 2011
7:39 am

May God bless the people of this town with courage and faith…. and with a whole lot people willing to lend a hand.

Mick

May 23rd, 2011
7:39 am

If you were going through that experience – it was the end of the world…

Charles Barkley

May 23rd, 2011
7:41 am

Turrible, turrible.

philospher

May 23rd, 2011
7:41 am

Correction: Philosopher…: Need a second cup badly!

godless heathen

May 23rd, 2011
7:42 am

Turn on the tube today and hear the “Thank God he spared me.” statements. Not only is that thinking self-delusional, it is a extremely selfish and cruel to the families who lost loved ones.

Granny Godzilla

May 23rd, 2011
7:44 am

Two prayers…..

one for the familys facing this devastation and one for
those who deny mans negative effect on this planet.

Doggone/GA

May 23rd, 2011
7:45 am

“it is a extremely selfish and cruel to the families who lost loved ones.”

No, it isn’t. Being grateful that you were spared is not neccessarily an indication that you do not care that others were lost.

Real Scooter

May 23rd, 2011
7:48 am

Then again, everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die…

suicide bombers?

Mick

May 23rd, 2011
7:48 am

heathen

I’ve always wondered about that too. Then again, everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die…

Real Scooter

May 23rd, 2011
7:49 am

godless heathen

May 23rd, 2011
7:56 am

Doggone: No it’s an opinion that God likes you more than he likes someone else.

godless heathen

May 23rd, 2011
7:56 am

“everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die…”

Maybe deep inside they don’t really believe the fairy tale.

maritess

May 23rd, 2011
7:59 am

So, why folks still keep coming back and rebuild at the same spot or “Tornado Alley?”

Doggone/GA

May 23rd, 2011
8:01 am

“No it’s an opinion that God likes you more than he likes someone else”

But that is not consistent with what you quoted. Did they actually SAY they were spared because God liked them more? Not according to YOU they didn’t.

Doggone/GA

May 23rd, 2011
8:03 am

“So, why folks still keep coming back and rebuild at the same spot or “Tornado Alley?””

Because no place is 100% safe. You currently live in “Little Tornado Alley” – did you know that? Last night they had a show on about the tornado cluster in MS & AL. 201 tornadoes in one day, the biggest cluster since 1974. Over 300 people died. Why are YOU still here?

cosby smith

May 23rd, 2011
8:06 am

Strange, for a country that has deserted God and the news media that pushes the Christian Religion as evil, when diaster strikes, the first to be notified by the population is God. Kind of makes you wonder who is really in charge…I think I will continue to pout my trust in God.

Mick

May 23rd, 2011
8:06 am

doggone

Jeez, a bit surly this monday morning, rough weekend?

Mick

May 23rd, 2011
8:08 am

**a country that has deserted God and the news media that pushes the Christian Religion as evil**

What country is that?

AmVet

May 23rd, 2011
8:08 am

Heartbreaking. I just checked Facebook and thank goodness my good friend Q is safe and unharmed. There will be some really tough days ahead for the people of Joplin…

godless heathen

May 23rd, 2011
8:10 am

“Did they actually SAY they were spared because God liked them more? ”

Of course they don’t say it, but that’s the underlying supposition.

willydoit?

May 23rd, 2011
8:10 am

Maritess

They will continue to live and rebuild there because that is their home…it’s where they’re from..their roots.

Doggone/GA

May 23rd, 2011
8:12 am

“Jeez, a bit surly this monday morning, rough weekend?”

Nope, actually had a great weekend. I just get EXTREMELY annoyed at people who blame the victim and criticise the survivors.

Trust me folks, you aren’t doing anything differently from what THEY did and if a disaster like this one struck YOU, YOU would be in EXACTLY the same situation.

Doggone/GA

May 23rd, 2011
8:13 am

“Of course they don’t say it, but that’s the underlying supposition”

No, it isn’t. It is YOUR supposition. You have NO evidence that it is THEIRS.

AmVet

May 23rd, 2011
8:13 am

So, why folks still keep coming back and rebuild at the same spot or “Tornado Alley?”

I presume this is meant to be ironic.

Tornado Alley is generally the area between the Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountains.

Yeah, let’s just abandon it.

cosby, just my two cents worth, but let’s try not to turn this topic into a silly little discussion about petty little people and their favorite bogeyman, OK?

Mick

May 23rd, 2011
8:15 am

**people who blame the victim and criticise the survivors.**

Sorry, but I didn’t take it that way, it was just an observation and a comment…

godless heathen

May 23rd, 2011
8:17 am

Not my supposition, because I don’t believe a god has anything to do with it. Just pointing out all those “Thank God” statements made in the wake of all that death and suffering are ludicrous.

If one believes in God, they must believe he is either extremely cruel or just doesn’t care.

Peadawg

May 23rd, 2011
8:17 am

“Of course they don’t say it, but that’s the underlying supposition.”

You know what they say about ASSuming. But in case…you’re the only ass here.

Mighy Righty

May 23rd, 2011
8:18 am

It seems there are a lot more violent storms since Obama was elected. I know there shouldn’t be a connection, but still…….makes as much sense as global warming.

Doggone/GA

May 23rd, 2011
8:19 am

“Sorry, but I didn’t take it that way, it was just an observation and a comment”

Generally, they don’t either. But give it some thought and read back through the comments. It’s there.

Peadawg

May 23rd, 2011
8:20 am

Did y’all hear about the story of the UPS worker who got arrested for stealing gift cards that were for the Alabama tornado victims? I heard about it on the radio this morning…sick people out there.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families in Joplin.

TGT

May 23rd, 2011
8:22 am

Wow! It only took 8 posts for someone on Bookman’s blog to blame this on man-made global warming! Way to go Granny!

If you want to have a real impact in helping go here.

Doggone/GA

May 23rd, 2011
8:23 am

“sick people out there”

Amen to that. I have long thought that the greatest sin is to see someone helpless and in need and to expoit them instead of helping them.

Doggone/GA

May 23rd, 2011
8:23 am

I saw on a report last night, that someone in the devastated area in Joplin painted, in big white letters on their roof “Stop looking and start helping”

JKL2

May 23rd, 2011
8:25 am

-So, why folks still keep coming back and rebuild at the same spot or “Tornado Alley?”

Much better to move to the coast to deal with hurricanes or California for earthquakes and mud slides….

kayaker 71

May 23rd, 2011
8:25 am

What’s wrong with saying that you are glad your and your family made it? One person that didn’t make it was that 24 yr old firefighter who drowned at Lake Tobesofkee over the weekend saving other peoples kids. Bet he would have been glad to make it.

Doggone/GA

May 23rd, 2011
8:26 am

“Bet he would have been glad to make it.”

Mark Twain has an interesting take on just this sort of situation. I may not have the details correct, it’s been a while since I read the story…but the gist was that an angel came to earth and spoke to some people. And while he was here he witnessed someone drowning in a river. When he was taken to task for not saving that person, he said something like “I looked down his future and in all cases but one, he drowned. In the one other case – he was paralyzed and helpless for life”

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”….

May 23rd, 2011
8:27 am

My “charitable contributions” reserve to the American Red Cross is starting to run dry with all the devastation this year. Let’s just hope political agendas don’t start migrating into this tragedy.

Call it like it is

May 23rd, 2011
8:29 am

Just thought I would get this out before the global warming debate starts.

1. 747 deaths – March 18, 1925 – The Tri-State Tornado
The deadliest single tornado in American history claims 695 lives as the monster twister crosses Missouri, southern Illinois and into southwestern Indiana. The wider tornado outbreak leaves 747 people dead.
2. 332 deaths – March 21, 1932 – The Deep South tornado outbreak
Tornadoes are produced from Texas to South Carolina, 270 of the dead are in Alabama alone.
3. 317 deaths – May 17, 1840 – The Great Natchez Tornado
The second deadliest single tornado in US history strikes the Mississippi town of Natchez, killing 317 people. Most of the dead are killed on flatboats on the river.
4. 310 deaths – April 3, 1974 – The “Super Outbreak”
The largest tornado outbreak on record claims 310 lives as 148 confirmed tornadoes over a 24-hour period rage across 13 US states.
5. 305 deaths – May 27, 1896 – St. Louis-East St. Louis tornado
Rounding off a deadly two-week storm period, 305 people are killed by tornadoes in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.
6. 295 deaths – April 2011 – Alabama tornado
7. 260 deaths – April 11, 1965 – The Palm Sunday outbreak
Some 50 twisters hit the Midwest, killing 260 people and leaving more than 1,000 injured in Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
8. 249 deaths – April 5, 1936 – Tupelo-Gainesville tornado outbreak
Most of the 249 people killed are in one Mississippi town, Tupelo.
9. 224 deaths – April 20, 1920 – Alabama-Mississippi
The deadly tornado-packed spring of 1920 ends with 224 people killed in an unusual early morning outbreak in Alabama and Mississippi.
10. 220 deaths – April 24, 1908 – Dixie tornado outbreak

Granny Godzilla

May 23rd, 2011
8:32 am

TGT

May 23rd, 2011
8:22 am
Wow! It only took 8 posts for someone on Bookman’s blog to blame this on man-made global warming! Way to go Granny!

Sorry, would you have been happier had it been first or second?

Denying mans negative effect on the planet is the ultimate in not accepting personal responsibility.

Peadawg

May 23rd, 2011
8:32 am

“those who deny mans negative effect on this planet.”

Since you believe in “man-made” climate change…what caused the Ice Age, Granny? Again…climate’s been changing for millions of years.

stands for decibels

May 23rd, 2011
8:34 am

the news media that pushes the Christian Religion as evil

“cosby smith”’s Bible doesn’t have anything in it about bearing false witness, I guess.

AmVet

May 23rd, 2011
8:35 am

I say let’s leave AGW out of this topic.

To properly highlight the ideologically driven ignorance completely discounting it, deserves it own thread…

USinUK

May 23rd, 2011
8:36 am

morning, all!

still can’t believe the devastation in Missouri – the pictures are unbelievable.

I would say something about climate change and how the severity of storms is worse, but I know the deniers are just gonna keep denying, so why bother.

Call it – you need to keep in mind that the reason the numberof DEATHS has declined is due to early warning systems – that’s no way to measure the severity of a storm.

Peadawg

May 23rd, 2011
8:36 am

Call it like it is…you mean to tell me that deadly tornadoes were happening before cars were even made? I’m SHOCKED! SHOCKED I tell you!

USinUK

May 23rd, 2011
8:37 am

Pdawg – “Again…climate’s been changing for millions of years”

not at this rate, unless it’s been due to a catastrophe (something along the lines of a Krakatoa or asteroid)

Adam

May 23rd, 2011
8:39 am

What Climate Change? Nothing to see here…

Peadawg

May 23rd, 2011
8:39 am

“I would say something about climate change and how the severity of storms is worse, but I know the deniers are just gonna keep denying, so why bother.”

I don’t think anyone denies the climate is changing/has been changing for millions of years. It’s the made-up “man -made” part that it’s funny.

USMC

May 23rd, 2011
8:39 am

It is hard to truly understand this type of loss until you are in the middle of it.
Our prayers go out to the families and individuals of Joplin, MO.

On a different note,
Another UN-AMERICAN, LEFT-WING, MARXIST, DEMOCRATIC Congresswoman denouncing the United States?

CYNTHIA McKinney: UN-AMERICAN DEMOCRAT (becoming synonymous)
http://www.ajc.com/news/cnn-mckinney-blasts-u-954720.html

She preaches the same garbage that most of you Left-wing, Socialist, Liberal Democrats preach.

What an embarrassment!

Granny Godzilla

May 23rd, 2011
8:39 am

“climate’s been changing for millions of years

Yep, got that right.

But nuclear plants in Japan have only started to melt down.

“climate’s been changing for millions of years

yep and those gulf shrimp can be fried in their own oil

“climate’s been changing for millions of years

and bathroom tap water has always caught fire

“climate’s been changing for millions of years

If you think we have no negative impact on this planet – you can’t preach personal responsibilty to anybody…

Doggone/GA

May 23rd, 2011
8:39 am

“I would say something about climate change and how the severity of storms is worse, but I know the deniers are just gonna keep denying, so why bother”

USinUK – I’m not a denyer, but you have to keep in mind that it’s virtually impossible to correlate a single event to something like global warming. It’s only going to be a statistical correlation – if it does exist – that can be determined after enough time passes. Enough time has NOT passed.

USMC

May 23rd, 2011
8:42 am

I think Cynthia McKinney’s BREATH is creating Global Warming… or are we calling it Global Climate Change now?

What an Un-American piece of trash.

Peadawg

May 23rd, 2011
8:43 am

Again, Granny, what caused the Ice Age if there were no cars, no power plants, no oil drills, etc. etc. etc.?

Granny Godzilla

May 23rd, 2011
8:46 am

USMC

gotta agree with you on McKinney….

Peadawg

May 23rd, 2011
8:48 am

“CYNTHIA McKinney: UN-AMERICAN DEMOCRAT (becoming synonymous)”

Buckwheat!!!
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_kKpJRdXfZuA/RidzUzfi9WI/AAAAAAAAApk/7Ez5C4qDNzU/s200/buckwheat.jpg

AmVet

May 23rd, 2011
8:49 am

Pea, one comment/food for thought.

The changes that you refer to, took thousands and thousands of years to manifest themselves.

NOT FOUR DECADES.

Wake up, get some basic education on this topic and you’ll see why the experts don’t take the right wing’s cherry-picked nonsense seriously…

Granny Godzilla

May 23rd, 2011
8:49 am

Peadawg

Did anyone here ever say the ice age was caused by cars?

Pick a place for your goal posts and leave them there, otherwise no of the other kids will play with you.

What causes tap water to catch fire Peadawg?

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”….

May 23rd, 2011
8:49 am

Granny Godzilla
May 23rd, 2011
8:32 am

“is the ultimate in not accepting personal responsibility.”

Much like a 400 pound unemployed chain smoker insisting on free healthcare, housing and food.

Peadawg

May 23rd, 2011
8:50 am

And Granny dodges at 8:49…typical. When you don’t have an answer, just post the most insane out-there comment talking about water catching fire or something….too funny, Granny. Too funny.

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”….

May 23rd, 2011
8:51 am

Granny Godzilla
May 23rd, 2011
8:49 am

Global warming causes tap water to catch fire? :roll:

Peadawg

May 23rd, 2011
8:53 am

“Did anyone here ever say the ice age was caused by cars?” – And no, nobody did….never said they did I asked you a question…what caused the Ice Age since none of the things that “cause” climate change today were around back then?

stands for decibels

May 23rd, 2011
8:53 am

Congresswoman denouncing the United States?

She hasn’t been in congress for three and a half years, USMC.

Did you borrow cosby smith’s Bible perchance?

USinUK

May 23rd, 2011
8:55 am

doggone – 8:39 – I’m not correlating a SINGLE event – I’m talking about the number of catastrophic storms we’ve had this spring, flooding we saw in Pakistan earlier this year, drought conditions here in England, etc.

stands for decibels

May 23rd, 2011
8:56 am

If you think we have no negative impact on this planet

… for starters, you probably don’t have family members who remember the Dustbowl.

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”….

May 23rd, 2011
8:56 am

stands for decibels
May 23rd, 2011
8:53 am

I’ve heard TV “news” personalities refer to Jimmy Carter as “Mr. President”. I guess you need to educate them as well.

TGT

May 23rd, 2011
8:57 am

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”….

May 23rd, 2011
8:57 am

stands for decibels
May 23rd, 2011
8:56 am

Global warming caused the dust bowl? Who knew… :shock:

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”….

May 23rd, 2011
8:58 am

Didn’t Bama win the Dust Bowl that year?

stands for decibels

May 23rd, 2011
8:59 am

Who knew…

that you were this thick, and couldn’t read the bit about humans’ “negative impact on the planet” I was replying to? dunno.

then again, I guess there are probably some here who actually think the Dustbowl was just a natural event, nothing to do with what we were doing to the Earth at the time.

JKL2

May 23rd, 2011
9:00 am

granny- If you think we have no negative impact on this planet – you can’t preach personal responsibilty to anybody…

Translation: It’s Bush’s fault.

Doggone/GA

May 23rd, 2011
9:05 am

sfd “then again, I guess there are probably some here who actually think the Dustbowl was just a natural event, nothing to do with what we were doing to the Earth at the time”

The Dust Bowl was not ENTIRELY a human caused event. The bedrock event was a prolonged drought, of which the effects were worsened by bad farming practices. That’s the part that people like Peadawg refuse to see. Yes, climate HAS been changing for millenia…but we have greater power now, than ever before, to AFFECT those changes. Just as happened during the Dust Bowl years.

Granny Godzilla

May 23rd, 2011
9:05 am

JKL2

May 23rd, 2011
9:00 am
granny- If you think we have no negative impact on this planet – you can’t preach personal responsibilty to anybody…

Translation: It’s Bush’s fault.

EPIC FAIL DUDE….It’s your fault and my fault…..

JKL2

May 23rd, 2011
9:06 am

granny- and bathroom tap water has always caught fire

Tap water causes deadly tornado. News at 11….

Granny Godzilla

May 23rd, 2011
9:07 am

“”Yes, climate HAS been changing for millenia…but we have greater power now, than ever before, to AFFECT those changes”"

BINGO!

JKL2

May 23rd, 2011
9:09 am

granny- It’s your fault and my fault…..

Since I don’t believe in the premise of your argument, we’ll just agree that it’s your fault and leave it at that.

Next you’re going to try to tell me lush green vegetation that creates oil is under the ice caps in Alaska…

Yippee

May 23rd, 2011
9:11 am

@godless heathen

May 23rd, 2011
7:42 am
Turn on the tube today and hear the “Thank God he spared me.” statements. Not only is that thinking self-delusional, it is a extremely selfish and cruel to the families who lost loved ones.

Bless your heart.

Granny Godzilla

May 23rd, 2011
9:16 am

JKL2

You actually believe that YOU have no impact on the environment and the climate?

What an immense and undeserved ego you have.

Course, folks who make up quotes tend to make up other stuff as well….

stands for decibels

May 23rd, 2011
9:17 am

DGA, while I enjoyed the eloquence of the conclusion you drew in your post @ 9.05, I gotta say something about this:

The bedrock event was a prolonged drought, of which the effects were worsened by bad farming practices.

Both sides of that sentence have the effect of whitewashing reality—that “prolonged drought” was really fairly typical dry years that one gets in the western plains; and those “bad farming practices” were more like just plain old farming, on vast acreages that had never before been tilled, and for good reason—without irrigation, few if any crops could be supported by available rainfall.

Adam

May 23rd, 2011
9:19 am

JKL2: Next you’re going to try to tell me lush green vegetation that creates oil is under the ice caps in Alaska…

Well, that would certainly answer a few questions….

JKL2

May 23rd, 2011
9:24 am

granny- Course, folks who make up quotes tend to make up other stuff as well….

Al Gore says, “What?”

TnGelding

May 23rd, 2011
9:50 am

Mother Nature is angry. Repent! And thank your lucky stars.

TnGelding

May 23rd, 2011
9:52 am

Big Al warned us of fuzzy math and risky schemes.

Paulo977

May 23rd, 2011
10:26 am

Will we never learn how we have contributed to what is happening on the planet?

Caroline Gilbert Newman

May 23rd, 2011
10:30 am

I have family in Joplin and cannot reach on phone lines, Their names are Scheurich, and Broadwater. If any of you see this blog please call me or post on Facebook that you are okay.
I am praying for my beloved birthplace and the place where I went to school, had family reunions, swam in Shoal Creek, went to school at Joplin Senior High School. My Aunts Marge and Charlotte Scheurich and their families are all there along with my cousins. Worried.

Don't Forget

May 23rd, 2011
10:45 am

Caroline,
This link shows the path of the tornado. Hopefully your people weren’t in the path and you can relax but even if they were in the path it does not mean they are hurt. Hopefully everything is ok with them.

http://www.koamtv.com/story/14695681/89-confirmed-dead-in-joplin-tornado

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”….

May 23rd, 2011
10:52 am

Caroline Gilbert Newman
May 23rd, 2011
10:30 am

I pray that your family and friends are safe.

The Leg Lamp is a “major award”….

May 23rd, 2011
10:52 am

TnGelding
May 23rd, 2011
9:52 am

Big Al also created the internet. :cool:

Alfarid

May 23rd, 2011
12:06 pm

May i have the victims name list because i have a fiance at the Joplin,Missouri…
She is Frances Marie Melvin 22 years old more less…
She is a car dealer…
Her cousin name Mike…
She got frd name Chelsie and Shasha…
I hope u can help me find her…
Im from Malaysia.. She suppose to be here at 4th june…
We getting married… I called her about hundred times and nobody answer…
Plz help me…..

Joe

May 23rd, 2011
1:17 pm

Earth Changes are coming. They will grow as the days pass and there will be no place on earth that will go unaffected by them. They are coming because God is getting tired of looking down upon man’s evil day in and day out. War without end, murder, thefts, lies, fraud, sodomy, adultery, cruelty to children, maltreatment of the poor, medical experiments on unsuspecting and poor, devil worship and witchcraft. These are all reasons why God allows and even directs these things to happen to men. So next time you see a disaster and ask God why, you will understand that there is a simple reason for it. Evil will not be allowed to continue for much longer.

Reman

May 23rd, 2011
6:17 pm

To Dog Gone Heathen. FYI It’s only delusional to the one who who hasn’t experienced the tragedy. It’s “the Goodness of God” that should cause you to repent while you still have time! I will be praying for you dude:).

Reman

May 23rd, 2011
6:20 pm

Oops that was for ” the Godless Heathen”!! Doggone it anyways!:) Doooooooohhhhh!!

Bill Jenkins

May 24th, 2011
11:52 am

The high death toll this year due to tornados is simply dumb luck… tornados just happened to hit populated areas. Global warming has NOTHING to do with this.

I think complacency also plays a part. I know that I would be screwed if a major storm blew past my home as I have not a single safe point in my house that I’d trust.

I’d prefer to live in a monolithic dome and not worry one bit, but I haven’t made an effort to make this happen. :( I need to get going, eh?

Of course a good underground shelter would be an option if I wind up with a standard built home.

Andy

May 24th, 2011
2:12 pm

I pray that these people find the strength to go on after such a tragedy. It seems that they are actually helping each other, neighbor to neighbor. Q

Andy

May 24th, 2011
2:20 pm

I pray that these people find the strength to go on. It seems they are helping each other, neighbor to neighbor, as it should be. Quite a difference from the good people of New Orleans who, after Hurricane Katrina, stood in the streets with their hands out, demanding that the government help them. Why is there such a difference in civic character?

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