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Note: As of 8:27 AM CDT the Joplin area is again under a severe thunderstorm warning with a reports of hail
Above is video from storm chasers Jeff and Kathryn Piotrowski of the tornado that leveled a large portion of Joplin, Missouri early yesterday evening (another view of the tornado is below). As of 6:00 AM CDT there are a report of 89 deaths and widespread damage. A large hospital was hit by the tornado. News reports indicate the roofs of two Joplin firehouses were blown off.
The clip above has little in the way of video, but the audio is chilling. Here's the description from Isaac Duncan:
The video i took while at Fastrip on east 20th street. We huddled in the back of the store until the glass got sucked out , then ran into the walk in storage fridge. Sorry for the lack of visuals but the audio is pretty telling of how intense the storm was. The tornado hits at around 1:20 seconds.
Duncan said the glass in the front of the store looked as though it shattered and was sucked out into the streets. So he and the others huddled inside of a large refrigerator, a cooler, in the store for shelter.
"During the whole thing it was a surreal moment," Duncan said. "A lot of people there were freaking out."
The tornado ripped through the store – and even part of the refrigerator.
"Basically the only thing left standing was the cooler that we were in," Duncan said. "Everything around it was gone. (The tornado) actually tore a few holes in the refrigerator. That's what we crawled out of."
Also on STATter911 …
- UPDATE – Dashcam-video & radio traffic: Milton, KY Chief Jason Long’s response during tornado that leveled firehouse. – March 4, 2012
- Live coverage: Large tornado outbreak in Oklahoma City area. Two Moore schools leveled with missing & trapped children. – May 20, 2013
- UPDATE – Must listen to radio traffic & damage video: Tornado destroys Kentucky firehouse. Milton Fire & Rescue Station 2 hit this afternoon. Department featured in videos on STATter911.com. – March 2, 2012
- Raw video & early pictures: Fire & wall collapse at West Plains, Missouri thrift store. – May 16, 2012
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