EF-5 Tornado – Joplin, MO Categories: 05-May Timelines: Natural Disasters

Aerial image of path of Joplin tornado

Joplin, Missouri, following the May 22, 2011, EF-5 tornado. — (NOAA)


May 22, 2011:

An outbreak of an estimated 180 tornadoes struck the central and southern United States over several days in May 2011. On May 22nd, an EF-5 tornado devastated the city of Joplin, Mo., leaving an estimated 157 people dead. The Joplin tornado is the deadliest single tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950 and is ranked as the 7th deadliest in U.S. history.

Impact:

  • CPI-Adjusted Estimated Cost: $10.1 billion
  • Deaths: 177

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