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Joplin, MO gets hit hard!

Good evening bloggers,

The extremely active severe weather pattern that developed over the weekend will get worse early in the week.  We are expecting and forecasting a High Riks Tuesday. 

MAJOR DAMAGE in Joplin. MAJOR tornado.  This just happened…….

Gary

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78 comments to Joplin, MO gets hit hard!

  • spaceotter

    Listening to Jasper County Law Enforcement on a radio site. They have more going on out there than they can handle.

  • I hope our turn is not Tuesday.

  • spaceotter

    on facebook just now

    Heather Rand
    people stuck in the cellar at macadoodles in Joplin . The building is gone send help

  • Ray Reece

    Same here spaceotter. I’m watching the live feed on TWC too. It’s chaos down there.

  • weather channel is reporting (with video) that the hospital is still on fire.

  • sportsfreaked

    St. Johns Hospital took a direct hit from EF5 tornado. Several fires in hospital they are trying to evacuate for fear of a major explosion!

    Ed

  • Taxman

    Just amazing footage from Joplin. Sounds like no one knew the significance until it was through town.

  • sportsfreaked

    Joplin looks like the Alabama tornado damage that went thru Tuscallosa

  • JOPLIN, Mo. — Authorities say a tornado has hit a Joplin hospital and caused the roofs of two city fire stations to collapse.

    Jasper County Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer says a tornado hit the St. John’s Regional Medical Center on the city’s south side.

    He said there are multiple reports of injuries from the twister that struck around 6 p.m. Sunday.
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    There also were broadcast reports of damaged businesses and vehicles overturned on highway entrances elsewhere around or near the city but the local stations Websites aren’t saying anything from Jolpin but KY3 did.

    Homeowners in Greene County reported debris from Joplin falling in their yards.

  • sportsfreaked

    This will be for sure a EF 5 and there is going to be a loss of life. If you are religious they could use your prayers down there for sure!

    Ed

  • Hopefully North Town Mall,The Wal-mart and any other Major Commercial didn’t get any damage.

  • LKayH

    Watching the Weather Channel, Mike Bettis is getting chocked up on the air, it must be bad! He said he hasn’t seen anything this bad since Tuscaloosa (?)!!! Payers headed your way Joplin!

  • (Joplin, MO) — A Sunday afternoon tornado in Joplin, Missouri has killed at least one person and injured many more.

    The National Weather Service reports buildings have been leveled, and the regional medical center was directly in the path of the storm and has suffered heavy damage.

    Portions of the top of St. John’s Hospital were sheared off. There are concerns about an explosion at the medical facility.

    Springfield-based ambulances and EMS workers are being sent to St. John’s in Joplin, where the west tower was struck by a tornado.

    Around 5:30 p.m. a multi-vortex tornado was reported near 13th and Rangeline Road with reports of damage to numerous trees and houses.

    Ambulances can be seen around the entrance to the facility as some patients are being relocated.

    A nearby gas station has been flattened, and a convenience store has been reduced to its foundation.

    Dazed residents are on the streets of the neighborhood, helping some into wheelchairs, crying and hugging each other, and working with police and firefighters as they begin the process of accounting for everyone.

    About two miles southeast of Joplin, the neighborhood at 22nd and Blackcat road saw massive damage to homes and trees, with people trapped in debris.

    There are also reports of the Home Depot, Payless Shoes, Walgreens, and Pizza Hut being heavily damaged in that area.

    Between mile markers 10 and 12 on I-44, there were reports of trees stripped of bark and more than 20 semi trucks and cars overturned.

    The National Weather Service also reported a tornado on the ground just north of Pierce City around 6:30 p.m. and a possible tornado on the ground near Freistatt at 6:40 p.m.

    Structures were reported damaged on Highway 97 north of Pierce City.

    Power poles were reported down across Highway V and the highway was ruled impassible with tornado damage.

    Storms have hit more th

  • Gary, you’ve been doing a great job forecasting these major severe weather outbreaks a day or two in advance, but frankly, I hope you are wrong about Tuesday. To my eyes, the Joplin storm is definitely an EF4 and quite possibly EF5. Listening to live law enforcement feed from Jasper County.

  • this is pretty terrible destruction down there, if you go look at street view near the St. Johns hospital you can see it’s a rather dense area with tree’s and homes, yet go to the weather channel and this area looks NOTHING like it does on street view.. Even the reporter on the weather channel just started to break down crying at what he saw.

  • I saw some of the footage on The Weather Channel. That’s sickening. My in-laws live in McHenry, IL, and they should be getting hit pretty hard any minute. Hopefully, all will be well for everybody.

  • sportsfreaked

    Somehow I was able to get audio on tornadoalleylive site and I thought it was pretty ignorant that the chaser that was there was on the phone with a tv station I assume saying he had video and wanted to know how much they would pay for it. They should have been out trying to help people instead of trying to make a dollar.

    I guess I understand now why there is usually no audio. How would he feel if he was in need and someone was just filming trying to make money and not helping.

    My attitude towards the site has changed due to this particular chaser. It’s one thing to do it for science and another to try to make money while people are trapped and dying. It is total BULLSH**!!!

    Ed

    • This is what happens when scientific study gives way to thrill-seeking sensationalism. Very sad, but not completely surprising in the land of unfettered capitalism.

      • sportsfreaked

        I think it was Bryce Kintigh but I am not 100% sure as he is not streaming right now but I am pretty sure that is who it was.

        Ed

    • kcmo_710

      I know it sounds terribly unsympathetic, but a lot of storm chasers are not funded by universities, and it is very expensive to do. People have always sold film or video footage to news stations. They used to call them stringers. The fact that some folks just post it on Youtube is a new phenomenon, but a news station light prefer the high quality source.

      BTW, I am not a storm chaser. Just trying to present the other side.

  • sportsfreaked

    GARY CAN YOU CHECK WITH THE NEWS DEPARTMENT TO SEE IF THEY NEED HELP DOWN THERE FOR SEARCH AND RESCUE. I HAVE MY TRUCK THAT WILL SEAT 5 AND IT IS A F250 DIESEL IF THEY NEED PEOPLE TO HELP AND IF SOME OF THE BLOGGERS WANT TO GO DOWN THERE AS LONG AS THEY CAN HELP WITH GAS I AM WILLING TO HEAD DOWN THERE.

    LET ME KNOW BY 8:30 OR SO BECAUSE IF THEY NEED HELP MY WIFE WILL TAKE OUR OTHER CAR BACK TO ST. LOUIS.THANKS

    ED

  • spaceotter

    They need help ed. They’re calling in emergency crews fro wichita. I hope it wasn’t holcomb that was caught saying that. Last i heard on his he wad heading to a neighborhood to see if they needed help.

  • calikufan

    Blogging from Joplin. It was awful. The destruction is devastating. Listening to the police scanner an officer is trying to remove a tree branch from a woman’s leg. It’s really sad. Gary is that a high risk for us?

  • sportsfreaked

    I can’t lift heavy stuff due to my back and knee but I can pull anything with the truck and if there are enough people who want to go down I am willing to drive and help. Let me know bloggers.

  • Ray Reece

    There is help on the way. Of that I have no doubt

  • sportsfreaked

    My wife had a good idea I forgot we have a pop up camper that sleeps 6 so we would have a place to stay. It does not have a shower or a potty but It does have water and a outside shower type thing.

  • calikufan

    Huh? I’m on highway 71 and I’m still teaching.

    • sportsfreaked

      I meant to say that you are still in school starting Monday. You were not in Joplin you just saw a blog from Joplin.

  • calikufan

    No I was in Joplin. I started in Cherokee county, ks around 2 today with my buddy

  • calikufan

    I’ve driven to tulsa and des Moines on school nights before haha

  • sportsfreaked

    Anyone able to head down and help?

    Ed

  • calikufan

    Police scanner now saying a bookstore is now a temporary morgue. It’s worse than I thought…

  • If I had medical training I would help. I don’t think I would be of any use as I am. Heard discussion of multiple DOA’s on the scanner.

  • sportsfreaked

    Cali you are correct it is really bad. There is going to be a significant death toll. From what I understand it was rain wrapped and they had only like 3-5 minute warning. That is why I was asking for people to go down and help. They need help bad if not medical at least help in search and rescue/recovery and people to just move stuff out of the way. Prayers are needed for those who pray!!!

    Ed

  • cnn is FINALLY doing coverage of this, most of the time the weather channel is the only source of breaking news in this country.

  • kellyinkc

    It is BAD down there ,listen live:
    radioreference.com/apps/audio/?action=cwp&ctid=1527

  • sportsfreaked

    Last call for anyone who may want to go down and help. If you have friends or neighbors who may want to help let me know. Like I said earlier I have a pop up camper with water and lights for a place to stay. The fifth wheel is till in St. Louis but the pop up is not bad to stay in.

    Ed

  • calikufan

    Sports I admire you for doing this. Id love to go but I can only take off if I have a doctors notice or give 2 weeks notice

    • sportsfreaked

      Yes I know I figured you were in school still. A lot of people helped my sister-in-law and her family and I am a firm believer in what goes around comes around! I have the ability to go down there and a truck that can move almost anything it can tow up to 15,000 pounds so if enough people can go down I will drive and hook up the camper.

      Ed

  • smmikeman

    Hey weather team (or if anyone knows) if I wanted to send you some photos you might (or might not) be interested seeing what email should I use?

  • Jacob H

    I saw the tornado touchdown in west of Waverly. I have a hole in my bumper from a tree limb hitting my car. I got too close i came around the turn and it was staring me in the face. That was one wild chase. The roadside park has several trees down along the car path. Fences damaged, some roofs torn off partially, and alot of trees were downed. Idk how strong it was but it was pretty amazing looking and driving through the tornado.

  • Media reports of 24 confirmed fatalities so far, with the number expected to increase.

  • sportsfreaked

    National Guard has been activated as well as all available state police. At least 30 fatalities. This is real real bad!

    Ed

  • sportsfreaked

    I just called the State Highway Patrol in Springfield and asked if they needed me to bring the camper for people to have shelter. The tropper stated that they may need things like that and he took my name and number and will call me if they need me to bring it down. He said right now they really have no idea what they will need or when they will need it. He stated that the Governer has declared a state of emergency and all available troopers are heading that way.

    Ed

  • lsmowatcher

    How incredibly devastating. Was there indication the storms could turn this severe?

  • sportsfreaked

    Yes tornado watches were in effect and the situstion was ripe for strong tornadoes. From what I understand from media reports this one that hit Joplin got big fast and was rain wrapped and therefore not a lot of notice. Preliminary reports are that it was a mile wide and lasted at least for 3 miles.

    Ed

  • lsmowatcher

    What are we looking at for Tuesday?

  • Gary, on your FB page you just posted a comment that the Joplin tornado was an EF-5. I certainly can believe that. Just wondering if this EF-5 rating you assigned is your best estimate based on the damage you have seen, or has NWS Springfield already done a damage assessment and officially rated it an EF-5?

    • kcmo_710

      I am not an expert, but I can tell you the damage was to the exact same extent as that suffered in the Norman/Oklahoma City tornado. I was down there just days after it, and it looked just like Joplin, like an enormous bulldozer just rolled through the city.

  • sportsfreaked

    I44 is closed heading into and out of Joplin due to debris on the highway and numerous over turned cars and semis. There are also people trapped in cars and semis as well.

    Ed

  • spaceotter

    idiots in joplin are looting now. people die and all some can think is free stuff.

    • Justin

      In all seriousness, do whatever it takes to keep looting to a minimum. Even after the devastating events in Japan, I never heard much about people looting. People have lost everything and some have lost their lives. Do whatever it takes to keep the city peaceful in this time of need.

    • sportsfreaked

      I wish I was there so I could just shoot them!! Those kind of people do not deserve a trial of any kind!

      Ed

    • It’s awful how some folks prey on the misfortune of others. Very sad to see.

  • sportsfreaked

    Patrick there is no doubt it was an EF5. I ma just a weather dummy and I could tell just by the damage. It looked like all the EF5 tornado damage I have seen on the news and such. Most recently the one in Tuscallula Alabama. The reports from Joplin are just going to get worse as time goes by I’m afraid.

    Ed

    • @Sportsfreaked, to my untrained eye it looked like EF-5 damage as well. Extreme devastation was obvious from TWC coverage. But it takes an “official” NWS investigation to assign a rating to tornado damage. I doubt they would make such an assessment within 2 hours, but I don’t know. Maybe Gary was privy to inside information from NWS that hasn’t been released publicly yet.

  • sportsfreaked

    Everybody take care and if you pray make sure you pray fo rthose people in Joplin! If oyu don’t pray think kind thoughts then. I am going to get the camper ready now that my son is home just in case they call so it is ready to go! Have a good evening everyone!

    Ed

  • Justin

    All my thoughts are with the people of Joplin, the people of Reading, and anyone else in this nation that has been affected by mother nature’s wrath in recent times. I have many fond memories of Joplin. When I was a kid, my family and I would drive down there to meet up with my mother’s father during the Labor Day holiday (he lived near Austin, TX). We would just hang out and spend time together. One year we all went to Bass Pro in Springfield. We always stayed at the Super 8 right off 71 Highway. Eventually, we stopped going down there and when he retired, he and my grandma purchased a travel trailer and drove all the way up here instead during the summers. My mother used to live down there for several years before I was born. I guess you could say it was my home away from home for many years as a young boy. I know the people of Joplin will get through this. America seems to always come through during adversity, and this time will be no different.

  • rred95

    Gary is Doug H. still in joplin and if so have you talked to him?

  • Although I have no family or friends in Joplin, I feel a connection to the city because I used to travel through there several times a year when I would drive from KC to North Texas to visit my mother. Since mom passed away last March, I won’t be seeing Joplin nearly as often going forward. But I still think about Joplin and the other towns along the route.

  • smmikeman

    Did Amy just say 75% of Joplin destroyed?! Or did I hear her wrong?!

  • From what I understand, the destruction is from 7th Street South to 32nd Street across Joplin. That is like 75% unfortunately…..

  • cnn.com has the following quote from Kathy Dennis of the American Red Cross: “I would say 75% of the town is virtually gone.”

  • numbers

    If anyone knows where I can find severe weather outlooks for Tuesday please let me know!! Thanks! I’ve looked at SPC website, but I can’t find anything.

  • ravenscroft

    Incredible video

  • Weatherman Kumke

    day 2 moderate just SW of KC. But feel like we will get in the day 1 High if models continue showing the same thing.

  • ravenscroft

    “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDOLjlzQYSs”

  • f00dl3

    Guess you can blame global warming for the stronger more intense tornadoes, blizzards, heat waves, and cold snaps.

  • Are they trying to relocate people from the area?