Tornado History: Joplin, Missouri EF-5 Tornado 

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Filmed just outside of Joplin, MO (screengrab).

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On this day in 2011, a deadly EF-5 tornado with estimated peak wind speeds of over 200 miles per hour (mph) struck Joplin, Missouri. 

The length of this tornado’s path was almost 9 miles, according to the NOAA Storm Events Database (NOAA SED). 

According to the NOAA SED, the width of this tornado’s path was 1600 yards. Sadly, the tornado killed 158 people and injured over 1,000 people. 

Joplin

The tornado caused almost $3 billion dollars in damage. You can find out more about the historic tornado here.

RELATED: Remembering Joplin Tornado – National Weather Service (NWS) | Five Years Since the Devastating Joplin, MO EF-5 Tornado; A Reminder to Prepare – NWS

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