No part of the country is immune from the effects of Mother Nature. Hurricane Katrina laid bare the fact that many major cities across the United States are woefully unprepared for widespread natural disasters.
PHOENIX -- As the plane descended into Sky Harbor Airport, a pre-teen boy looked out the window into the Arizona desert and said to the passengers near him, "There are no trees down there. It's just like back in Joplin."
The number of victims from last month's devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri, has risen to 138 after four people died as a result of injuries they received during the storm, the Missouri Department of Public Safety announced Thursday.
The list of people missing in tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri, reached zero Wednesday afternoon as authorities said they have located all unaccounted-for individuals or have confirmed their deaths, the Missouri Department of Public Safety said.
The residents of Joplin, Missouri, continued the hard work of rebuilding Tuesday, trimming the list of people still missing more than a week after the most deadly U.S. tornado in some 60 years tore through their city.
Last Sunday, my family and I experienced the nation's eighth deadliest tornado on record, in Joplin, Missouri. That morning, my wife, teenage granddaughter and I heard the warning sirens sounding as we enjoyed some fresh buttered biscuits with honey. We have lived here since 1968 and had experienced the drills repeatedly. This one was eerily different.
Those who have survived a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri, should do their utmost to live up to the example set by those who died while helping others escape the storm, President Barack Obama said Sunday at a memorial service for the victims.
This is a tale of two cities tied together by two tornadoes of the most wicked order, the apocalyptic EF-5 -- and by acts of charity that followed. It demonstrates how one good turn -- or town -- deserves another.
As severe weather moved eastward, the devastation mounted Thursday in parts of the Midwest where hundreds mourned the deaths of loved ones and clung to hopes they'd be found alive following a wave of powerful tornadoes.
The tornado-ravaged city of Joplin, Missouri, is an authentic American crossroads, a truck stop and regional mecca with a rich mining heritage that straddles a cultural vein linking the Great Plains and the Ozarks.
Struck by lightning, caught up in the smell of gas, braving two-inch hail and relentless rain: None of it could stop hundreds of firefighters, police officers, medical personnel, National Guardsmen and more from heading into the devastation around Joplin, Missouri, in a desperate search for survivors.
The tornado that devastated Joplin, Mo., killing at least 117 people, may have caused up to $3 billion in insured losses, according to an estimate from a catastrophe risk modeling firm released Tuesday.