Devastating Tornado Strikes Joplin, Mo.

Originally published on May 23, 2011 3:00 pm
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All this morning we're tracking the devastation from the tornado that smashed through Joplin, Missouri. This morning, the death toll has reached at least 89 people, and officials fear that number will rise. Former mayor Gary Shaw said a major hospital in town saw some of the worst and scariest damage.

GARY SHAW: We had reports of nurses seeing a 300-pound man sucked out the windows of the local hospital.

LOUISE KELLY: And overnight, President Obama released a statement expressing condolences and offering federal help as needed. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.