10 of the Worst Tornadoes in United States History

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1. Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, 2011

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning at 5:17 p.m. Residents of Joplin were given only 17 minutes before the storm touched down.

At 5:34 p.m., the EF5 tornado touched down in the city with winds exceeding 200 mph. The storm’s path was up to 1 mile wide and over 22 miles long — with six of those miles in Joplin. It was the first EF5 tornado to strike southwest Missouri since records had been formally maintained for severe weather events.

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