Eerie footage from the Missouri tornado has surfaced, giving viewers a small sense of the immense terror felt by survivors of the storm.
The video, titled “First Person video of Joplin MO tornado 5/22/11,” was uploaded on Youtube with the description:
The video i took while at Fastrip on east 20th street. We huddled in the back of the store until the glass got sucked out , then ran into the walk in storage fridge. Sorry for the lack of visuals but the audio is pretty telling of how intense the storm was. The tornado hits at around 1:20 seconds.
The tornado’s path was nearly 6 miles long and more than a half-mile wide when it tore through the city of Joplin on Sunday. Authorities warned that the death toll of at least 89 people could rise after Monday’s search.
Tornado sirens warned residents of the impending storm approximately 20 minutes before the twister touched down on the city of around 50,000 people. An estimated 25 percent to 30 percent of the city was damaged, fire chief Mitch Randles estimated, and Jasper County emergency management director Keith Stammer said approximately 2,000 buildings suffered significant damage.
“You see pictures of World War II, the devastation and all that with the bombing. That’s really what it looked like,” said Kerry Sachetta, the principal of now destroyed Joplin High School. “I couldn’t even make out the side of the building. It was total devastation in my view. I just couldn’t believe what I saw.”
Monday’s search for survivors already faced complications after a new storm moved into the area at around 8:30 a.m., causing lightning, high winds of up to 60 mph, quarter-size hail and heavy rains. The storm is not expected to produce any new tornados, but according to emergency official will likely hamper the door-to-door search for anyone who may still be trapped alive in damaged buildings.
With Associated Press