Students from Drury University in Springfield are collecting stories about the Joplin tornado for a healing and recovery project.
The storms included one that spawned a tornado in the St. Louis area and others that caused widespread flooding.
“It’s turned into a much bigger cleanup than we thought,” County Executive Steve Ehlmann said. “We are anticipating collecting about 50,000 tons of tree and limb debris.”
Historic gymnasium in Gillespie, Illinois damaged by EF-2 tornado on May 31.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and State Emergency Management Agency will assess the extent to which two tornadoes ripped through the area.
An Illinois man was part of the storm chasing team from which three members were killed by a tornado in Oklahoma.
Most of the outages nearly 35,000 were on the Missouri side of the St. Louis region as of about 1:00 p.m. Monday.
Waves of rough weather spawning high winds and a tornado tore through eastern Missouri and the St. Louis area Friday night, downing trees and power lines and sending gamblers rushing from a casino floor.
Oklahoma’s medical examiner’s office says a tornado outbreak in the Oklahoma City suburbs killed five people.
Forecasters are calling for storms throughout the day involving hail, high winds and possibly tornadoes.