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Missouri Town Ravaged by Worst Tornado in 50 Years

Missouri Town Ravaged by Worst Tornado in 50 Years

Suzanne Goldenberg

Rescue workers struggled through strong winds and hail today to locate survivors of the worst tornado in half a century, after 90 people were killed in a small Missouri town.

After a night of terror, Joplin awoke to unimaginable destruction: a vast expanse of splintered trees where entire neighbourhoods once stood, cars flung about like toys.

Sunday's tornado cut a six-mile swath through the centre of town, wrecking churches, schools, businesses and homes. The town fire department estimated up to a third of buildings were damaged or destroyed.