From the ABC 7 Weather team

Tornado creams Joplin, Missouri; two dozen reported dead

May 23, 2011 - 05:00 AM
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A tornado reportedly a mile wide smashed into Joplin, Mo., on Sunday afternoon, killing at least 24 people.

Emergency personnel walk through a neighborhood severely damaged by a tornado near the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. A large tornado moved through much of the city, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses. (Mark Schiefelbein)

A tornado reportedly a mile wide smashed into Joplin, Mo., on Sunday afternoon, killing at least 24 people as it drove through a school and a hospital and big-box stores. For updates, the place to check is the Springfield News-Leader, whose homepage Sunday featured a desolate, fire-ravaged rubbagescape that used to be a civilization. (And a head-shaking photo gallery.)

The twister was part of a larger storm moving through the Midwest, which you can monitor at the Storm Prediction Center. Expect a tornado report soon from the Springfield, Mo., office of the National Weather Service. Follow the jump for a video of the damage in Joplin taken Sunday.

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