JOPLIN, Mo. - The tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri Sunday evening left massive amounts of damage and the death toll is feared to be higher than the 24 reported dead.
2NEWS obtained aerial coverage of the damage path courtesy of Bruce Taylor.
The twister -- believed to be between one-half to three-quarters of a mile wide -- was on the ground for nearly four miles.
It hit a hospital packed with patients and a commercial area including a Home Depot construction store, numerous smaller businesses and restaurants and a grocery store.
Jasper County emergency management director Keith Stammer said an estimated 2,000 buildings were damaged in this city of about 50,000 people some 160 miles south of Kansas City.
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