Eyewitness: We Knew The Tornado Was Bad

May 23, 2011

Authorities in Joplin, Missouri say at least 89 people are dead after a huge tornado passed over the town at sunset, yesterday. the city manager delivered the shocking news outside a hospital abandoned because it was so badly wrecked.

Joplin Globe sports writer Ryan Atkinson estimates the twister's path begins at the destroyed hospital and stretches down through the center of town where a number of shoppers were out.

Ryan was at work last night at Globe headquarters when he and colleagues noticed the bad storm beginning.

The AP says a house-to-house search is under way to try to find any missing or trapped residents but it'll be tough because there are live power lines down, gas leaks and too many trees in the road. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.