Joplin prepares to mark second anniversary of tornado

Monday, May 6, 2013 | 7:44 a.m. CDT; updated 8:46 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 6, 2013

JOPLIN — Joplin is preparing to mark the second anniversary of a tornado that killed 161 people and injured hundreds more.

The EF-5 tornado hit the southwest Missouri city on May 22, 2011, destroying thousands of homes and businesses. On that date this year, Joplin officials said tents will be set up throughout the city's Cunningham Park. The tents will highlight efforts to restore various elements of the community, including its housing, schools, trees and businesses.

Starting at about 4 p.m., representatives will be available in the tents to talk about the recovery work, progress and plans for the future. A program will begin at 5 p.m. and conclude with a moment of silence at 5:41 p.m. That's the time that the tornado touched down in the western limits of Joplin.

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