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VIDEO: The Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes, One of First at Scene at Joplin Hospital Struck by Tornado

Mon May 23 2011 12:49 am  http://www.arlingtoncardinal.com/?p=42868
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AFTERMATH DAMAGE VIDEO …
St. John’s Regional Medical Center Hit By Tornado, Causing Serious Damage


Video showing extensive damage at St. John’s Regional Medical Center — especially to cars in the parking lot as camera follow’s The Weather Channel’s Mike Bettes.

Press release from Mercy

10:00 p.m. SUNDAY — Mercy’s hospital in Joplin (St. John’s Regional Medical Center) was hit by an apparent tornado earlier this evening and sustained extensive damage, precipitating a full evacuation. It is unknown at this time the extent of injuries. St. John’s Hospital in Springfield has set up an incident command center and is deploying resources, including ambulances, air ambulances and other medical necessities. At the current time, law enforcement is asking those in Joplin to please avoid coming near the hospital. A triage center has been set up at Memorial Hall at 212 W. 8th Street in Joplin.

10:30 p.m. SUNDAY — St. John’s Regional Medical Center has been fully evacuated and patients are being treated at multiple places throughout the region, including Springfield. St. John’s Joplin had 183 patients in the hospital at the time of the tornado.


NWS TORNADO REPORTS FOR JOPLIN, MISSOURI SUNDAY MAY 22, 2011

NUMEROUS REPORTS OF TORNADO ON THE GROUND WEST OF JOPIN AND POWER FLASHES IN JOPLIN, MISSOURI.

22ND AND BLACKCAT RD NEIGHBOHOOD MASSIVE DAMAGE BEING REPORTED TO HOUSES AND TREES WITH PEOPLE TRAPPED IN DEBRIS IN JOPLIN, MISSOURI.

MULTIVORTEX TORNADO REPORTED NEAR 13TH AND RANGELINE RD. REPORTS OF DAMAGE TO NUMEROUS TREES AND HOUSES IN JOPLIN, MISSOURI.

SEMITRUCKS AND CARS FLIPPED OFF I-44. ALL INTERSTATE SIGNS GONE AND DAMAGED IN JOPLINE, MISSOURI.


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Satellite map of St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri.

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