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President Obama greets residents affected by the devastating tornado that hit the small Midwestern city a week ago. Obama travelled to Joplin also to participate in a memorial service for those killed, estimated at 139 people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON REED / X00458

President Obama autographs a Joplin boy's shirt.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON REED / X00458

Obama shakes hands as he tours the tornado damage.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JASON REED / X00458

The Rev. Bill Pape prepares for an outdoor church service after Peace Lutheran Church was destroyed in the massive tornado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Raedle / Getty Images North America

The Rev. Bill Pape speaks to his congregation at a service one week after disaster struck. Last weeks' tornado damaged a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charlie Riedel / AP

The Rev. Pape conducts Sunday's service.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LARRY W. SMITH / EPA

Beverly Winans hugs her daughter Debbie Surlin while salvaging items from the Winans' devastated home. Winans and her husband rode out the EF-5 tornado by hiding under a bed in the home. The tornado tore through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 122 people

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

Florene Renfro searches through her tornado-damaged house. Renfro, 85, has decided she will abandon the home she's lived in since 1967 and move in with her daughter in Arkansas after a massive tornado hit Joplin on Sunday night.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press

Rebecca Watts walks by a car that was slammed against a tree during a tornado north of El Reno on Tuesday. The high-powered storms arrived Tuesday night and early Wednesday, just days after a massive tornado tore up the southwest Missouri city of Joplin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: CHRIS LANDSBERGER / THE OKLAHOMAN

A storm heads toward Euless. Funnel clouds were reported across the northern suburbs of Dallas and Ft. Worth around sundown Tuesday, with brief tornado touchdowns reported in the northern suburbs.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Ainsworth / The Dallas Morning News

A tornado passes near the Ryan Ranch subdivision in southern Denton County.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Randall N. Lantz / Dallas Morning News

A view of the damage a day after a tornado tore through Joplin. The tornado that ripped through the town of about 50,000 people is being called the deadliest single tornado in the U.S. in 58 years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Benjamin Krain / Getty Images

Armored car courier Josh Beck works on salvaging cash from an ATM which was damaged and tossed approximately 20 feet when a massive tornado passed through the town.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mario Tama / Getty Images North America

Lacy Tasker salvages household items and mementos from her mother's house after it was destroyed when a massive tornado tore through the community.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Only a few walls remain after the tornado ripped a home apart.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

A torn U.S. flag stands amid the wreckage of a church wiped out by the tornado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Ray / Associated Press

Members of a search-and-rescue team work at a Home Depot store destroyed by the tornado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jeff Roberson / Associated Press

A man uses a cellphone to photograph damage after the killer tornado ravaged the neighborhood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: TANNEN MAURY / EPA

Ernie Darby salvages what he can from his house after it was destroyed by the powerful tornado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Raedle / Getty Images

Chad Lunt of the Kansas City Fire Department Rescue Team travels house-to-house to look for survivors in Joplin, Mo.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julie Denesha / Getty Images

Co-workers Cindy Albers, left, and Kim Hoosier hug in Joplin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Valerie Mosley / The Springfield News-Leader

Captain Mark Cado, below, and Chad Lunt of the Kansas City Fire Department Rescue Team travel house-to-house to look for survivors in Joplin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Julie Denesha / Getty Images

A couple walks near a wrecked building in Joplin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ED ZURGA / Reiters

The hospital is seen in the background amid damage after a large tornado hit the town of Joplin.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LARRY W. SMITH / EPA

Maggie Kelley and her husband, Trey Adams, hug their dog, Saint, after finding him amid the rubble of her home in Joplin. The two are Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adam Wisneski / Tulsa World

Drapes hang out of the shattered windows of St. John's hospital after the tornado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ED ZURGA / Reuters

A neighborhood traffic sign lies next to a house destroyed by the tornado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ED ZURGA / Reuters

A man stands inside of what is left of a home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LARRY W SMITH / EPA

Destroyed vehicles and buildings litter a neighborhood after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Mo. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ED ZURGA / Reuters

Candice Kell, 17, looks over her psychology textbook inside her grandmother's home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Adam Wisneski / Tulsa World

A cross stands atop a severely damaged church.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

The sun comes up over the debris left after a powerful tornado hit the community, damaging many buildings, including a hospital and a school.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LARRY W. SMITH / EPA

Justin Titus stands on what is left of his front porch after the tornado strike that killed at least 89 people.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LARRY W. SMITH / EPA

One of a number of homes lies in ruins after the devastating tornado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: LARRY W. SMITH / EPA

Evelyn Knoblauch sorts through the personal belongings of one of her children after their home was damaged by the tornado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE STONE / Reuters

People walk through a demolished neighborhood the day after the deadly tornado hit.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE STONE / Reuters

Mark Langford looks for personal belongings after his home was destroyed by the tornado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MIKE STONE / Reuters

Emergency workers wait for a medical team after finding a body in a vehicle caught in the tornado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

A damaged car sits on a pile of debris after the tornado strike.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Aaron Kafton / Reuters

Emergency personnel walk through a neighborhood severely damaged by a tornado near the St. John's Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Mo.,

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Schiefelbein / Associated Press

A pickup truck carrying two injured people weaves in and out of traffic to get to a hospital.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jaime Green / The Wichita Eagle

An emergency worker searches the wreckage of a Wal-Mart store.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press

A destroyed helicopter lies on its side in the parking lot of the St. John's Regional Medical Center. The hospital buidling also was heavily damaged.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Schiefelbein / Associated Press

Residents help a woman who survived in her basement during the tornado.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Gullett / Associated Press

A man walks past destroyed vehicles in the parking lot of the St. John's Regional Medical Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Schiefelbein / Associated Press

William Jackson, left, and Ashley Martin, volunteer firefighters from Oklahoma, survey the wreckage of destroyed homes.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Schiefelbein / Assoicated Press

Volunteer firefighters William Jackson, left, and Ashley Martin, center, from Oklahoma, and Johnny Ward of Joplin look through the wreckage of a home where it was feared a pregnant woman might trapped.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Schiefelbein / Associated Press

A man carries a young girl who was rescued after being trapped with her mother in their home.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mike Gullett / Associated Press

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10 Comments

  1. May 23, 2011, 11:12 am

    i live in joplin..me and my husband we outside when it hit..we saw and heard it..missed our apartment complex by 4 blocks…all friends and family r ok

    By: amy cobb
  2. May 23, 2011, 11:29 am

    My prayers are with Joplin,Mo. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

  3. May 23, 2011, 7:30 pm

    this make me sick. Anyway we can help?

    By: Daniel
  4. May 23, 2011, 7:46 pm

    heartbroken and it makes me aprpeciate what I have in life much more……

    By: Daniel
  5. May 24, 2011, 4:50 am

    May God be with the people in Joplin,Mo..I live in Alabama and we were hit hard by a tornado also.

    Our community are getting through this terrible tragedy with prayers and support. May God give the people of this town strength and my thoughts and prayers are with this commumity.

    By: Lanika smith
  6. May 25, 2011, 7:20 am

    So sorry…what a terrible tragedy. I'm sure people will help from all over the world.

    By: mmm
  7. May 25, 2011, 8:48 am

    Moved to Missouri from O.C., the damage suffered here cannot be described. I don't miss the
    earthquakes, but I don't think I was emotionally prepared for what a tornado can do. We are one
    big community here, and everyone is helping. People are driving around offering food and water to the volunteers. This is only a setback. Joplin will emerge better than ever. Still can't wait to see
    Blues Traveler here, next month. Rock on Joplin.

    By: mari
  8. May 30, 2011, 8:50 pm

    I am part of the JROTC of republic high school in republic, mo about 40 miles west of joplin and i went down saturday, 28th and i was heartbroke. we donated over 4000 pounds of food and helped out with some cleanup. i know joplin will be even better once the city is rebuilt. im planning on going down again whenever i get the chance. You can do it Joplin!

    -C.J.

    By: Clint Haney
  9. May 31, 2011, 8:54 pm

    on the eighth picture.. theres blood on the trees. my prayers go out for the people in joplin.

    By: lydia
  10. August 17, 2011, 11:47 am

    It would be nice to publish a list of all the countries and international aid organizations that assist the USA when disasters hit ' us '. I really have always wondered about how quickly other countries come to the USA's aid.

    By: Bill

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