There appears to be no end to mid-west America’s torture by tornado as the deadly storms are sweeping into areas hitherto unaffected by the devastating winds.
The death toll is now 123 and climbing, with many other people still missing and over 750 injured. Rescue teams in Oklahoma and Missouri are at full stretch just looking for survivors. No-one is even thinking about rebuilding yet.
A line of storms snaked their way through Oklahoma and Kansas in the last 24-hours, and Supercell thunderstorms are building up in several areas, holding the possibility that they may spawn yet more twisters.
Dallas, Texas was pelted with golfball-sized hailstones as the storms veered into the south-western states, and Arkansas also suffered fatalities in what has become the deadliest tornado episode in US history. It is also likely to be the most costly, with damage already running into the billions of dollars.
Joplin, Missouri, which has been the worst hit in terms of loss of life and damage suffered further violent storms on Wednesday hampering the efforts of rescue workers. Nearly everyone in the small mid-western town has lost, or knows someone who has lost a family member, and its economy has taken a severe blow. President Obama will visit it as soon as he returns from Europe.