The one-year anniversary of the Joplin, Mo., tornado is Tuesday. As the city prepares to have memorials and events marking the occasion, statistics and facts only begin to take into account the human toll faced by the city's residents.
161: Deaths associated with the storm. Reuters reported the death toll was revised down by one when it was discovered a person died of other causes.
17: Minutes Joplin residents were warned ahead of time before the storm hit the city. Tornado sirens blared at 5:17 p.m. CDT. The funnel started damaging buildings in the southwest part of Joplin at around 5:34 p.m. The tornado dissipated at 6:12 p.m.
22.1: Length of the path made by the tornado. It began as an EF-2, strengthened to an EF-5 in Joplin before causing its final damage southeast of the city as an EF-0.
200: MPH of winds. KYTV reported manhole covers were thrown, concrete parking blocks weighing 300 pounds were moved and tractor trailers were tossed more than 1/8th of a mile.
250: MPH of winds that might have reached for a brief time during the storm. Major damage happened along a path of approximately six miles.
2.8 billion: Dollars spent repairing damage to buildings. It's the amount paid by insurance adjusters as well as the cost of debris removal. The tornado is the costliest single storm of that type, according to the AP.
8,000: Buildings destroyed by the tornado. CNN reported the tornado was the single most destructive tornado since record keeping began.
7: Ranking the tornado received among the deadliest in U.S. history. Official records on tornado-related deaths weren't kept until 1950. Three of the top seven deadliest tornadoes happened in Missouri. The Tri-State Tornado of March 1925 killed an estimated 695 people as the worst twister in American history.
120,000: Volunteers who have helped the city rebuild to this point. The Associated Press revealed those statistics as of late February. The number of volunteers is approximately two and a half times the city's entire population.
William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor's degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.
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