Tornado death toll rises to 122 in Joplin

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 | 7:32 p.m. CDT

JOPLIN — The massive tornado that tore through Joplin is now officially the deadliest single U.S. twister in nearly six decades with a death toll of at least 122.

City Manager Mark Rohr announced the new death toll Tuesday evening, saying 750 people also were injured in Sunday's tornado.

Officials say nine people have meanwhile been recovered from debris and an intensive search and rescue effort will continue.

The twister is the deadliest single tornado since the National Weather Service began keeping official records in 1950. The service said it has researched events before then and that Joplin has seen the 8th-deadliest single twister in U.S. history.

Federal officials estimate about 8,000 structures were damaged.

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