For Tornado-Battered Joplin, Second Punch Looms

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Residents in the Midwest continued to sift through the wreckage of their homes Tuesday, while keeping their eyes on the skies.
Even as the survivors of the deadliest tornadoes in 50 years began to clean up the debris, there were concerns of possibly more tornadoes breaking out from approaching storm systems.
Nowhere is the concern greater than in Joplin, Mo., the city that took the worst hit from a funnel that touched down and raked a path of devastation three-quarters of a mile wide. 

CBN News Reporter Chuck Holton talked more about the situation in Joplin, on CBN News Channel Morning News, May 24.  Click play for his comments following Mark Martin's report.

Officials say the storm that killed more than 116 people and injured another 1,000, left most of the town damaged or destroyed. 

"We're renting. We don't have any renters insurance so anything we lost is lost," Rich Behnke said. 

Meanwhile, the search for survivors continues. In Joplin alone, more than 100 people are still missing and that number is expected to grow. 

"They still think there are folks that could be alive," Gov. Jay Nixon said.

"That was the first time I've ever been in a tornado, and just looking at the roof blow off and the walls blow off, that was enough for me. That's going to stick with me forever," tornado survivor Ashli Turner said.

"When they say that it sounds like a freight train coming… that's exactly what it sounds like. And the house was shaking. It was scary. It was scary," Christy Bruffy recalled.

There were also miracles in the midst of the chaos.

One Missouri man who was buried beneath a pile of storm rubble was rescued after sending his friend a text message.

"He is my friend, my best friend," said the man who received the text message after his friend was pulled from the debris.

Maxine Harris was rescued from the St. John's Medical Center after the tornado ripped off the hospital's roof. 

"Some nice people took me in a wheelchair and just took me down all seven flights," she said.

The twister that ravaged most of Joplin was just one of 70 twisters to touch down over the weekend. 

"This year has really been just the perfect year for tornadoes," climatologist Heidi Cullen said.

Meanwhile, President Obama, who is currently in London, said he would meet with tornado victims in Missouri on Sunday.

"The American people are by your side," Obama said. "We're going to stay there until every home is repaired, until every neighborhood is rebuilt, until every business is back on its feet."

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