JOPLIN — A new engineering study of the damage caused by the May 2011 tornado that struck Joplin found no evidence that it was an EF-5, as the National Weather Service found, because the city's homes and businesses weren't built to withstand wind speeds that strong, making such a determination impossible.
UPDATE: Study says Joplin homes poorly built for wind
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