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Joplin, Missouri Tornado Anniversary Is Wednesday

Story By: Larry Stine



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  Original Published: 5/21/2013  Wednesday marks the second anniversary of the deadliest tornado to strike the U.S. since 1947.   On Sunday, May 22, 2011, a catastrophic E-F-5 tornado ripped through Joplin, Missouri.   It was part of a larger late-May tornado outbreak that reached nearly a mile wide.   The multiple-vortex tornado killed 160 people and leveled most of the town.   It had peak winds of more than 225 miles-per-hour.   The 2011 Joplin tornado was the costliest tornado in U.S. history, causing nearly $3-billion in damages.   This was the third tornado to strike Joplin since 1971.
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