Joplin was hit by a monster tornado on May 22, 2011. Once the monsterous EF-5 tornado was done, about a quarter of Joplin was destroyed. As of May 28th, the death toll stands at 132 people killed and 156 missing. This comes on heels of the the deadly 2011 Super Outbreak that claimed 341 lives in the South, mainly in Alabama. So, how does the Joplin Tornado compare to other deadly single tornadoes.
Deadliest Single Tornado
1.) Tri-State Tornado (Missouri/Illinois/Indiana) 695 Killed March 18, 1925
2.) Natchez, Mississippi Tornado 317 Killed May 6, 1840
3.) St. Louis, Missouri Tornado 255 Killed May 27,1896
4.) Tupelo, Mississippi Tornado 216 Killed April 5, 1936
5.) Gainesville, Georgia Tornado 203 Killed April 6, 1936
6.) Woodward, Oklahoma Tornado 181 Killed April 9, 1947
7.) Amite, Louisiana and Purvis, Mississippi Tornado 143 Killed April 24, 1908
8.) Joplin, Missouri Tornado 132 Killed May 22, 2011
9.) New Richmond, Wisconsin Tornado 117 Killed June 12, 1899
10.) Flint, Michigan Tornado 116 Killed June 8, 1953
As of May 28th, the Joplin Tornado is the eighth deadliest tornado on record. It is the deadliest since 1953. Keep in mind back than, America had less people and there was no Doppler Radar and advanced warning. Let’s say if the 1925 Tri-State Tornado happened today, the death toll could be well into the thousands. It shows how much we have come since the 1950s. Sadly, we cannot prevent all lives loss from hurricanes since there is only a 15 minute warning. Tornadoes that happen at night are more dangerous because people are asleep and may not hear the warnings.