UPDATE: Rescuers race to find survivors of Joplin tornado

Chad Doss checks in with his neighbors from the inside of what is left of his home Monday afternoon in Joplin. Doss and his girlfriend arrived at home 20 minutes before the tornado struck and were left unharmed.

The devastation in Joplin has left at least 117 dead and destroyed much of the city's buildings, including Joplin High School. Crews are still working to find survivors in the rubble.

PHOTO GALLERY: Tornado aftermath in Joplin

Houses, businesses, churches and schools were among the buildings destroyed by the tornado that hit Joplin on Sunday evening, killing at least 116 and injuring an unknown number of people.

UPDATE: Death toll from southwest Missouri tornado rises to 116

Nearly 2,000 buildings were damaged or destroyed after Sunday's tornado ripped through Joplin.

UPDATE: Death toll from Missouri tornado rises to 116

The city manager in Joplin says the death toll from a tornado that struck the city Sunday has risen to 116 but added that seven people have been rescued.

BRAD CLEMONS: Advice for the recent graduates

Instead of doing things the way everyone else prescribes, try doing what makes you happy — within reason, of course. 

Missouri National Guard responds to damage in Joplin

Sgt. 1st Class Steve White, who grew up 25 miles outside of Joplin, shares his impressions on the ground following the tornado.

UPDATE: Survivors of Joplin disaster recall narrow escapes

The manager of a hospital service, a high school principal, families and customers at an IHOP restaurant, including two state legislators, recall where they were when the tornado hit Joplin.

UPDATE: Feds offering home aid following southwest Missouri tornado

Those with homes damaged in Sunday's tornado can receive federal aid for uninsured expenses, including temporary housing.

Task Force 1 finds 'complete devastation' in Joplin

As of 3:15 a.m., the teams from Task Force One were conducting search-and-rescue missions.

UPDATE: Missouri officials say tornado killed at least 89

Houses, churches, schools, businesses and homes were flattened after a tornado hit the city of Joplin on Sunday evening. Officials said at least 89 people were killed and an unknown number of people were injured during the storm.

Rock Bridge girls soccer coach keeps team on its toes

Joking with his players about staying away from boys is one way Rock Bridge girls soccer coach Marc VanDover works to keep his team focused.

Joplin residents share stories of devastation

Two Joplin natives tell stories of grief and relief after Sunday evening's tornado. 

Columbia organizations mobilize to help Joplin victims

We'll keep a running list of ways you can help. If your group is organizing a relief effort and you're not listed here, let us know. You can e-mail us at, send us a tweet @CoMissourian or call 882-5720.


Organizations around Missouri provide relief to Joplin tornado victims

MU Health Care and the American Red Cross Mid-Missouri Chapter have been working to provide relief for the residents of Joplin.

Dispatch from Joplin: Counting themselves grateful

Hertzberg family members count their blessings after boarding up the windows of their damaged Joplin home.

Inside Missouri hospital: a mix of chaos and bravery

Staff at St. John's Regional Medical Center helped patients evacuate after a tornado destroyed much of the building. Patients were then sent to other hospitals for treatment.

VIDEO: See the devastation that hit Joplin

Traditional media and citizen journalists have been uploading videos of the devastation in Joplin to YouTube. Here are a couple of those videos.

Strong storms hit Arkansas; governor offers aid to Missouri

Arkansas offers assistance to Joplin as severe storms tear through state.

Mississippi River partially reopens in Louisiana

The Coast Guard began allowing northbound vessels to pass one at a time after flooding caused three barges to sink Friday.

Dispatch from Joplin: An unwelcome homecoming

After the tornado leveled her hometown, MU student and Missourian reporter Eliza Smith packed up her car and headed home.