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At least 132 people were killed and more than 900 people were injured.
By Friday, about 156 people were still missing.
The tornado that hit Joplin on Sunday was rated an EF-5 or the strongest possible.
It scored a direct hit on the city of 50,000 people in southwest Missouri and left a swath of destruction nearly a mile wide, damaging some 8,000 buildings.
I am very sad to see the photos.
So many people are suffering and there are children missing during the . disaster
I pray that they will be okay.
Joplin, Missouri has been devastated by a tornado that has killed 125, and the death toll continues to rise. These before and after arial photos show the extent of the destruction throughout the city.« Read less (Photo: AP)
This photo shows 26th street, a main road that runs through the heart of Joplin. (Photos: Navteq, AP)
Entire residential blocks were flattened by the tornado. (Photos: Navteq, AP)
This whole apartment complex was destroyed by the tornado, and the swimming pool stripped completely. (Photos: Navteq, AP)
The roof of Joplin's Home Depot was torn off the building. Many of the dead were found at this Home Depot, likely trying to seek shelter as the storm hit. (Photos: Navteq, AP)
This Wal-Mart store was also destroyed by the tornado. (Photos: Navteq, AP)
The monster tornado that tore through the heart of Joplin, Missouri is reportedly the worst single tornado in modern US history.
The tornado touched down at 5:41 p.m. Sunday, about 24 minutes after a warning was issued.
At least 117 people were killed in the . disaster
The place looks like it have been hit by a bomb in a big war.
Rescuers race to search for victims trapped under the rubbles of fallen trees, damaged buildings and smashed vehicles before it is too late.
But the work was slowed by a new round of very bad weather; including thunderstorms and hail two inches in diameter that rolled through the city Monday, as well as widespread problems with broken natural gas lines and other safety issues, authorities said.
Two rescuers were struck by lightning as they braved relentless rain and high winds searching for survivors.
By Monday night, they’d found 17 people alive.
I am very sad and sorry to see so many people died, a lot of people injured, have no houses to live in anymore and lost their things.
They must feel very sad.
More tornadoes are possible Tuesday in Joplin and other cities in the central U.S.
Anyway I hope that there will not be too much more tornado.
This frame grab from video shows lightning inside a massive tornado on Sunday, May 22, 2011, outside Joplin, Mo. The tornado tore a 6-mile path across southwestern Missouri slammed into the city of Joplin, ripping into a hospital, crushing cars like soda cans and leaving a forest of splintered tree trunks behind where entire neighborhoods once stood. (AP Photo/tornadovideo.net)
Firefighters dig through rubble as they look for survivors after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, Missouri. REUTERS/Ed Zurga
Destroyed vehicles and buildings litter a neighborhood after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Zurga
An overturned car is seen near St. John's hospital after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Ed Zurga
A car sits among rubble from a tornado Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin , Mo. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Monday, May 23, 2011, in Joplin , Mo. A large tornado moved through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
A view of the destruction at Joplin High School after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone
JOPLIN TORNADO - Residents of Joplin, Mo, survey the damage of their homes and city on Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP/Mike Gullett)
Blocks of homes lie in total destruction after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone
A view of the destruction after a tornado blew the roof off the St. John's Regional Medical Center where about 180 patients cowered and were eventually evacuated in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone
JOPLIN TORNADO - Mark Siler carries some salvageable items from the house of his friend Clay Warden as another storm approaches Joplin, Mo, on Monday morning, May 23, 2011. (AP/Mike Gullett)
A sign warns of a leaking gas meter which was spewing natural gas after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. REUTERS/Mike Stone
A car drives down a street with debris on either side as a second storm moves in, delaying rescue efforts in Joplin, Missouri. More severe weather is on the way for the southern and central United States, forecasters said on Monday, just days after the worst single tornado in modern US history killed 116 people in Missouri.« Read less (AFP/Getty Image)
The damaged St. John's Regional Medical Center is seen in the distance through tornado debris in Joplin, Mo., Monday, May 23, 2011. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)