Thursday, May 26, 2011
Tornado death toll rises, no more survivors found
The death toll from a monster tornado that savaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125 on Wednesday and tornadoes overnight in nearby states caused at least 15 more deaths.
Three days after the deadliest single tornado in the United States in 64 years, rescue teams with dogs sifted through rubble in Joplin without finding anyone alive on Wednesday.
Authorities said the operation was still a search and rescue, but hope of finding more people alive was fading.
The number of people injured by the massive tornado was revised up to more than 900, according to local authorities, from 823 earlier in the day.
Officials were no longer saying how many people are missing because they believe the figure of 1,500 missing mentioned earlier in the week was inflated by double counting or people simply being out of town.
Some families continued a desperate search for missing loved ones amid the ruins of homes and businesses.
Fifteen-month-old Skyular Logsdon, whose blue teddy bear, red t-shirt and pants were found wrapped around a telephone pole after the storm, remains missing, his great grandmother told Reuters on Wednesday.
His injured parents were found and taken to a hospital after the tornado. But the little boy has vanished.