Nearly 100 people have been reported killed by a presumably large and very damaging tornado that hit around 6 PM last night in Joplin, Missouri (timeline | real-time updates). If the death toll reaches 114, it will be in the Top 10 Deadliest Tornadoes according to the SPC.
A destroyed helicopter lies on its side in the parking lot of the Joplin Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo., Sunday, May 22, 2011. A large tornado moved through much of the city, damaging the hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Early this morning, a Severe Thunderstorm Warning went into effect for the city, winds were estimated at 60-70 mph by AccuWeather & NWS staff, and 1-inch diameter hail was reported by a spotter just east of the Joplin airport.
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