Today's Coming Crisis Movie

Monday, May 23, 2011

At least 30 dead after tornado rips through Missouri hospital and care home, as governor declares state of emergency - 23rd May 2011

At least 30 people have been killed - and an unknown number injured and trapped - after a tornado nearly one mile wide ripped through Joplin in Missouri.

Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges confirmed the number of dead early this morning.

Governor of the state Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency and activated the Missouri National Guard in response to the destruction the storm left in its wake.

St. John's Regional Medical Centre in Joplin was fully evacuated after it took a direct hit from the tornado, and seven people have been reported dead at a local nursing home, according to police reports.

Ryan Nicholls, of the Springfield-Greene County Office of Emergency Management, had earlier said that 24 fatalities had been confirmed. But, with no electricity or communications available in the affected area, it was hard to get vital information in or out.

State and local law enforcement agencies, including fire mutual aid, are coordinating search and rescue and recovery operations.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol sent troopers from other regions to help local officers in southern Missouri deal with the destruction, according to a statement from a Missouri Governor's official.

Mr Nixon said: 'These storms have caused extensive damage across Missouri, and they continue to pose significant risk to lives and property. Read More