UPDATED: Video of the Joplin Twister

Kelly Hatmaker

JOPLIN, Mo. (KMOX) – Video and photographs posted on-line are the best proof of the terrible strength of the tornado that destroyed much of Joplin, Missouri, Sunday and claimed more than one hundred lives.

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Storm Chasers Jeff Piotrowski and Kathryn Piotrowski tracked the tornado through the city, shooting over three hours of footage of the event. The professional storm chasers also stopped to help pull persons out of the rubble.

Multiple users documented their own personal experiences during the storm, including this terrifying recording taken at a Fast Trip Convience store on East 20th Street in Joplin, very near where the tornado did some of the worst damage.

There is not enough light to see the faces of those taking shelter inside, but their voices — and desperate prayers — come through loud and clear.

One of the voices on the tape belonged to Brennan Stebbins. The 23-year-old says he thought he might die at the time. But he says those inside the cooler, about 20 people including several small children, tried to comfort each other.

Stebbins says they all ran into the cooler when the building started to collapse, crouching on the floor, praying and crying as the storm hit in two separate waves. Eventually they were able to crawl out. No serious injuries were reported.

Additional video shows the totality of the destruction along the tornado’s path. Smoke in the distance provides a grim reminder of the lack of essential services – most roads near ground zero were impassable to even emergency vehicles, gas mains were broken, there’s little power in the area and phone service has been largely unavailable.

(Copyright KMOX)

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  • RufusVonDufus

    The fury of nature is unparalleled except when it comes to mankind’s most deviate behavior with the stupidity of war.

    • Michael Ripp

      Idiotic comment.

      • JWS

        And a fitting name to go with it.

    • Erik Olson

      War is usually the result of one group of people standing up and defending themselves from the actions of another group of people. You should say “The stupidity of fighting opression”. That’s really what you people mean, isn’t it.

    • Constance

      At this time, perhaps some human compassion is in order. People have died, and people have lost everything in their lives. War is at the bottom of the list of importance to these people, and quite frankly, to the rest of us in this country who care about them. These are Americans. They need us. Anything else is secondary.

      • Kayleigh

        I agree. Well said.

      • Kayleigh

        I meant I agree with Constance :)

    • Chamomile

      Wham bam thank you, ma’am, my questions are anwsered!

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  • Maria

    Dear Lord ! We are with you in prayer Joplin! My heart aches for the suffering you all are going through. Stay Strong the rest of America stands behind you in prayer.

    • GizaDog

      Dear Lord? A higher power would not do this to its people. This is mother natures power.

      • dekatko

        Wow your filth seems to be smeared all over the internet… What is it with you and religion?

      • Triple A

        Hey GizaMutt, People have the right to believe with out listening to your garbage as well as you have the right not to believe.

      • Rush Buckman

        Shut up aetheist secular P R I C K. Leave MY America or fall in line…NOW. JERK.

      • crystal

        I was born in America. I have the freedom of and freedom from religion. You have the freedom to practice your religion. Please contact me at crystalbluehorizon@hotmail.com
        and you can explain why an atheist shouldn’t live in here.

      • CRYSTAL

        your America?
        How this turned into an atheist bashing session is odd..Please email me if you want to attack an atheist in YOUR contry.

      • Dr. Beverly R. Stang


        Just wow. And below we are talking about ‘wiping out’ atheists.

        I suggest you read what you are going to post aloud to yourself twice before hitting “post”, because I like to think that you really don’t mean that.

      • Monica Clinton

        You’re next GizaMutt…God is going to wipe out all of you aetheist secular liberal types!!

      • BDS

        Monica – I’m a liberal, and I very much believe in God. You shouldn’t stereotype people just because you disagree with them. Otherwise, some people might accuse all conservatives of being hate-filled rednecks who are so terrified of anyone who is even a little bit different from them in any way, that they very quickly respond with incredible vehemence and threats to any blog comment that they don’t agree with. That would suck if people stereotyped like that, wouldn’t it?

      • Chauncy

        Some day, you can ask him. I’m sure he will appreciate your question but more so understand your petulant questions

      • Doug Glass

        Well GizaDog …dog. I guess we all know of whom you’re a son of.

      • Jacob

        Shut up GizaDog. I sure am glad I have never had you around in troubled times, because I’d want to punch you. It’s people like you the ruin the world, make it a dark uncaring , argumentative, constant source of frustration.

        We could use more people like Maria up there.

      • Alex

        We must turn back to God or we will not live in His good graces.

      • BT

        That’s very Christian of you Jacob! (HEAVY SARCASM!!!!!!)

      • lski

        Nice Posting and a valid question, what kind of god or higher power would do this?
        And why all the insults when one doesnt believe what others do? What if there isnt such a thing as GOD? All of the killing in lords name would be selfish useless acts….could it be true? I think anything is possible and have an open mind…but will not believe tyrants and dictators regardless of how they mask themselves and defend themselves in the name of some religion…or the lords name…which ever you prefer!

      • lski

        Excellent Posting and agree!
        My sympathy goes out to all in the area. It is a sad day for the people of Joplin and will keep them in my thoughts.

    • Overcoming Illness With Joy

      Thank you for your comments and prayers. They are greatly appreciated.

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  • JJ

    They got Raptured – what lucky folks !

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  • Overcoming Illness With Joy

    Living near Joplin,the damage is indescribable. The area is so thankful for the support of people across the nation. Thank you for bringing awareness to the situation.

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    • Stafon

      I’m quite pleased with the infmaortion in this one. TY!

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  • Matt in DC

    Come on, people. I’m an atheist, but let’s have some respect for other people’s beliefs. Does every Internet thread have to degenerate into this kind of BS immediately? While I’m not praying for Joplin, I am keeping them in my thoughts and will do whatever I can to support the relief efforts.

    Let’s please keep some perspective.

    • Tednugent

      You can start by shutting up. They have been through enough.

    • Jester

      Then keep your atheistic beliefs to yourself…….idiot!

    • readTheWordman

      oh bubs you’ll believe when its too late and you kneel before His throne as every tongue shall confess He alone is Lord and then, i pray not for as much as you might repent, HE WILL cast you away forever, saying depart from me I knew you not.

    • Randy

      Is that the same respect you just showed for Christians?

      If you don’t believe in God, then why are you so offended by Him? If He isn’t real then what is the problem?

      Only 95% of the world believes in a supreme being.

      I personally believe in God, the Bible, and Jesus as the Savior of man. I urge you to reconsider before judgment comes to you for eternity. I might be wrong or you might be wrong. The difference is the consequences of me being wrong are that I live a good life. The difference in you being wrong are very bad for you.

    • Dian

      MATT…what happened in Joplin Missouri isn’t about you or your beliefs….geez

    • Keith Josephs

      WTH? The guy said he is an atheist and says there should be respect for believers and then he gets grief from believers for that? Nice. I’m glad I de-converted two years ago. Pray if you wish. No harm no foul. But! Don’t beat up on a guy for standing up for YOU even if he doesn’t agree with you.

      • Japes Macfarland

        Keith, isn’t it obvious that the one reply that was negative to the atheist’s post is not a believer. His name is ‘jester’ for goodness sakes. He’s just rabble rousing lol…

    • but-seriously-folks

      Amen to that!

    • Heaven

      What a great resocure this text is.

  • Rob

    What happened is horrible, and my sympathies go out to all the family affected.

    But if this is God’s work, then I want know part of it. Either God has the compassion of a 2-year old child, pointlessly ripping legs off a spider, or God doesn’t exist. Take your pick. If this isn’t proof enough, then there is no hope for the world. I don’t need a God to tell me the difference between right and wrong, but if you do and you blindly follow “God’s will”, which in this case would surely be evil, then your ignorance is surely the cause of most human suffering. Use your heads!

    • Randy

      God is sovereign and has allowed this to happen. One part of God that no one wants to accept is that God is just. Once man disobeyed Him in the Garden, the human race had to live in the judgment of God for our sin. That means pain and suffering in this world. Because of the justness and holiness of God, he demands that a price be paid for our sin.

      Because of God’s love for His creation, He send Jesus to pay that price for all of humanities sin. When we repent and believe in Him to save us from our sins, we may be saved for eternal judgment from God. That does not change the fallen world we currently live in. This earth will not be corrected until Jesus returns to correct all the pain and suffering as a result of man’s sin.

      The Bible says that in the last days that unbelievers will be blinded to the truth of His Word. I pray that you reconsider your position before it is too late. Man is appointed once to die. The second death is your choice for all eternity. The Bible also says that man is without excuse because He has shown Himself in creation (Romans 1:20).

      Please don’t be foolish in your thinking. God will not be mocked. Do you really believe that this world and all the miracles of creation – life just happened because two rocks bumped into each other? Have you ever made anything from 2 rocks together other than 2 smaller rocks? Ever hit 2 pieces of metal together and a car forms? That is what evolution teaches.

      It takes more faith to be an atheist than it does a believer.

    • John S

      Funny how how all the big disasters hit the Bible Belt. Maybe God is trying to tell all the right wing T/Baggers to stop the ignorance. Quit listening to all the right wing capitalist’s and start showing some mercy for progressives. Stop listening to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. Where has it gotten you. Do all of you not believe in climet change now? Now lets see….how can we blame Obama for this.I mean there has to be some way. Maybe Hannity and limbaugh, or Pat Robertson can figure out something. Oh I know…its Mo’s gay marriage laws. It has to be.

      • JD

        I believe in climate change. Back when the dinosaurs were roaming the earth most of West Texas was under an ocean. Amazingly the climate changed and now the same area is an arid desert. Damn those cavemen and their SUVs.

      • Parker

        You accuse people whom you do not know of “ignorance” AND insult them by using a BIGOTED term (TeaBagger)?

        If this is what being “progressive” is (hateful, mean and bigoted during a crisis), I’ll take “regressive.”


    • Dian

      Rob, those of us who believe in God also acknowledge that He has a rival whom we call Satan. As a Christian I know that this is not the work of God but the work of His rival, who is the author of confusion, destruction, hurt, pain and much suffering. He is also the author of doubt.

      • Bill J.

        Religion is a sham. It is a belief in a fictional deity that makes weak people feel better.

        Religious people are quite annoying IMO… and that includes liberals whose religion is progressive politics.

    • crashcup

      You want “KNOW” part of it?
      Did you complete the 5th grade?

    • brent clarke

      You should read Pascal Theory. basically, If I beleive in God and God doesn’t exist, I lose nothing. If I believe in God and he does exist, I gain everything. If i disbelieve in God and he exists, I lose everything. The wise man, even if he was completely blind to the wonders of creation that are found in the least of Gods creations, would take the odds and believe in God.

    • Robby

      No Rob you use your head if you have one. No need for insulting someones spiritual beliefs, especially in their time of need. If you don’t have anything intelligent to add back up shut up!!!!!!!

  • matt m

    why would anyone be so sick in the head to criticize someone praying in a moment of sheer absolute terror. I am not a religious man but i have been in a situation where I was completely out of control of my fate (northridge earth quake in california) and to this day i dont even remember exactly how i reacted…people’s lives and livelihood’s were lost here and we were able to get a real life glimpse into what they experienced. get off your high horse and quit nitpicking about this poor woman who is calling out to god. it is an unnecessary attack.

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  • Sunny

    Some of you have written, we must turn back to God. I believe it is too late to turn back. God, by the way of mother nature is letting us know he is not pleased with humans and their free will. We, humans, are so vile in our ways that there is no hope for some of us. You know, Noah warned the people the whole time he was building the ark and humans scoffed, laughed and made fun of him. I’m not laughing and I do not care if you make fun of this post. I’m going to continue to try to be a good and loving person and believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for our sins. I’m not a church member. I don’t care for organized religion. I trust God and he has been good to me. I hope there are others out there who show kindness to others and continue to be strong in their own type faith. God lives in your body/spirit. Just talk to him and he will answer you. I don’t believe he cares what faith you are as long as you have a bond with HIM.

    • Jimmy

      Nice post, and very much on target.

    • chrissy

      Well said!

  • Mack Daddy

    …..and O’Bama (his new Irish name) is drinking Guiness and enjoying another vacation in Europe. Funny how he’s always out of town when our country suffers like this. We are praying for our brothers and sisters in MO.

    • Michelle

      OMG, Like O’Bama knew a tornado was going to touch down in Joplin, MO!!!
      Get a clue

      • Randy

        I really could care less about were Obama is right now but to be fair and balanced.

        I think some that are so sick of Obama’s policys and leadership have let their emotions take over there common sense. While I have plenty to be disgusted at Obama about, he didn’t know this was going to happen. He has made his disaster blunders but this isn’t one of them.

      • ben

        Why do you think he left? To find his Irish roots? Haha!

      • todd g

        Exactly. Let him have another vacation. Its not like there is urgent work to be done with massive Unemployment, Lybia, Egypt, staggering Deficits, looming Govt shutdown, etc., etc., etc…

      • Skip

        So excited I found this article as it made things much qiucekr!

    • BDS

      Yeah, how dare the President be out of town on a long-scheduled visit to Ireland, when this sudden and random tornado struck Joplin. I mean, we all know that the tornado was planned for weeks in advance!! (sarcasm intended). Did you blame George W. Bush for being in Florida when the 9/11 tragedy happened? Your statement was ludicrous. Can’t you just express your prayers for the poor victims of the Joplin tragedy, without attaching a political statement to it?

      • syager1972

        Were better off when hes out of the country..

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  • The Watchman

    No one is good to all uninformed people…..
    Deu. 9:5
    Hos. 9:8
    Ps. 14:1-2

    • The Watchman

      Praying for the folks in Joplin….and the surrounding communities heart to serve those in Joplin. This is America at its finest!

      • Overcoming Illness With Joy

        Thank you. . .

    • Dutch

      Jeremiah 17:9

    • Lettice

      Your article was eexcllnet and erudite.

  • Dutch

    Where’s Obama???? If Bush were President, he’d be blamed for this too…

    • Scott

      Who says Bush isn’t being blamed for it; he’s been blamed for everything else.

  • Bob Fiden

    Atheists are becoming almost as obnoxious as vegetarians in terms of public display of moral superiority.

    • Keith Josephs

      As if Christians don’t claim moral superiority…

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