Tornado watch: A violent storm system, which followed closely behind the one that spawned a massive twister which struck Joplin, Mo., moves through the Oklahoma City area Tuesday evening.
The superfunnels that hit Tuscaloosa, Ala., in late April and Joplin, Mo., on Sunday, are generated by storm systems whose journeys across the country are slowed by a roadblocked jet stream.
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A Christian Science perspective: A message of comfort and hope for the people of Joplin, Missouri, in the wake of a devastating tornado.
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Joplin tornado, as Sunday's twister has come to be called, is blamed for more than 100 fatalities in the southwest Missouri community. It's the latest in a string of tornadoes this spring. Though hurricanes and earthquakes tend to do more financial damage per event, tornadoes and related events have been responsible for an average 57 percent of all insured catastrophe losses in the United States since 1953, according to a 2009 study by insurance credit-rating service A.M. Best. Not counting the Joplin tornado, where damage assessments have only begun, here’s a look at the five most financially devastating tornadoes in the US, according to the A.M. Best study and federal estimates (reported in 2011 dollars):
Residents of Joplin, Missouri, had about 20 minutes of warning before a tornado strike Sunday. But this spring, early warnings have not been enough to prevent high death tolls from tornadoes.
The path of a powerful tornado is seen in Joplin, Mo., on May 24. A tornado moved through much of the city on May 22, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 122 people.
Missouri tornado: Authorities warned that the death toll could climb as search and rescuers continued their work.
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