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More Tornadoes To Hit Missouri; Oklahoma

Staff Reporters |
May 24, 2011 | 4:20 p.m. PDT

A tornado that hit Oklahoma in 1999. (NOAA Photo Library via Creative Commons)
A tornado that hit Oklahoma in 1999. (NOAA Photo Library via Creative Commons)
More tornadoes are on the way for Missouri Tuesday night. Severe storms are expected to blow through the devastated town of Joplin between the hours of 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., said Bernie Rayno, senior meterologist at Accuweather.com.

“There are not enough quotes to describe what could happen tonight,” he told ABC News.

The tornadoes will likely hit Joplin after they sweep through Oklahoma and parts of Texas.

Some areas of Oklahoma, including Caddo County and Canadian County, reported experiencing tornadoes Tuesday afternoon. Damage to trailers, trees, and power lines has been reported, but no injuries were recorded.

The National Weather Service issued warnings throughout Oklahoma, including Norman and Canton, telling residents to expect tornadoes, unusually large-sized hail, and winds between 55 and 75 mph.

Those storms will then move through Missouri, where the destruction has reached record numbers.

With 117 people confirmed dead and as many as 1,500 missing, the Joplin tornado has become the deadliest on record, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The previous record-holder, a tornado that hit Flint, Mich. in 1953, held that dubious distinction for nearly 58 years.

Meanwhile, Minneapolis is still reeling from an attack by the same tornado that hit Joplin.

Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak said the city may be facing a short-term housing crisis, after dozens of low-income families were displaced by tornadoes that destroyed hundreds of homes in the northern section of the city.

Two people were killed in Minneapolis, one during the storm and one while helping to clean up in the aftermath.

The NOAA officially declared 2011 the deadliest year for tornadoes since 1953. At least 454 people have been killed so far.



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