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Preliminary rating EF4 with search for survivors in Missouri


Authorities say they're prepared for the possibility of finding more bodies Tuesday in the twisted rubble left by a massive tornado in Joplin, Mo.

At least 116 people are dead and 17 were pulled alive from the rubble. An unknown number of people were hurt in the gritty, working-class town of 50,000 people about 160 miles south of Kansas City.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon told The Associated Press he did not want to guess how high the death toll would eventually climb.

The half-mile-wide tornado blasted much of the Missouri town off the map and slammed straight into its hospital.

The National Weather Service has given a preliminary high-end EF-4 rating to the tornado.  They are estimating wind speeds in the tornado were 190-198 miles per hour.  If the wind speeds exceeded 200 mph, the tornado would be upgraded to an EF-5.

It was the deadliest single twister in the U.S. in nearly 60 years and the second major tornado disaster in less than a month.

More violent weather is forecast, including the threat of hail, high winds and even more tornadoes.

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