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Joplin tornado, continued May 30, 2011

Posted by Ron Warnick in Events, Weather.
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The Joplin Globe newspaper, as usual, provided more excellent coverage of the deadly tornado, including a visit Sunday by President Obama and reactions from locals to the memorial ceremony later that afternoon.

This video contains the speeches by both Gov. Jay Nixon and the president at the memorial service:

A photo gallery of the governor’s and president’s visit to the destroyed area can be found here.

The number of missing people has dropped to 43. And St. John’s Medical Center, which took a direct hit from the tornado, has set up a temporary site in a nearby parking lot.

A Joplin church that was destroyed by the storm held services in a parking lot with lawn chairs Sunday.

Tonya Pike says that motel rooms from Springfield, Mo., to Tulsa are “at a premium” because of the surge in aid workers, construction crews, and homeless residents in Joplin. She advises Route 66 travelers to make reservations ahead of time in that region.

The Facebook page of Joplin Tornado Recovery remains valuable. FEMA also has a list of Missouri-approved charities.

UPDATE: Found this exemplary column by one of the Tulsa World’s editors.

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