Tornado ranked among deadliest

25 May

By Wally Kennedy news@joplinglobe.com

JOPLIN, Mo. — Bill Davis, head meteorologist with the National Weather Service at Springfield, did not mince words Tuesday when he described the tornado that struck Joplin on Sunday.

“There were a few little swirling vortexes, and then it came down like a fist coming right out of the sky,” he said.

Davis, part of a team that arrived in Joplin on Monday to assess the damage, said the tornado that struck Joplin was the most powerful of all on the Enhanced Fujita Scale — an EF-5. Wind speeds exceeded 200 mph.

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