Powerful tornadoes kill at least 31 in US Midwest

By REUTERS
May 23, 2011 08:02

KANSAS CITY - Tornadoes tore through parts of the US Midwest on Sunday, killing at least 30 people in the Missouri town of Joplin and causing one death in Minneapolis as well as causing extensive property damage.

The Joplin deaths came from a powerful tornado that plowed through the southwestern Missouri town of some 50,000 people late on Sunday afternoon.

"At this point we know we are up into the 30 range," Newton County Coroner Mark Bridges told Reuters by telephone when asked about the deaths.


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