Residents Say Destruction is Breathtaking

8 years 9 months 5 days ago Monday, May 23 2011 May 23, 2011 Monday, May 23, 2011 9:36:00 AM CDT May 23, 2011 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Alex Dunn

JOPLIN, Mo. - Residents say the damage left behind by the tornado that roared through Joplin is breathtaking.

The principal of the flattened Joplin High School says the destruction reminds him of pictures from World War II. Kerry Sachetta says he barely recognizes the school building.

Miranda Lewis is a spokeswoman for the damaged St John's Regional Medical Center.  She says the devastation is "like what you see someplace else."

And Red Cross spokesman Michael Spencer says he's been to dozens of disasters but is stunned to see metal structures ripped apart.

Justin Gibson was huddled with relatives outside the ruins of a Home Depot store. He's desperately trying to get in touch with missing friends and family members. But he says he fears some of them may be among the dead.

You can view a 360 degree photo taken not long after yesterday's destruction. Click here to view a photo taken with the help of an iPhone app.

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