Death Toll from Missouri Tornado Climbs to 89

More details of yesterday's tornado in Joplin, Missouri, have emerged after a press conference there early this morning. Officials said that 89 people are confirmed dead, and a Fire Department spokesman told reporters that the tornado had "cut the city in half." The path of the tornado was a mile wide and six miles long, and it destroyed much of the St. John's Regional Medical Center.

A Red Cross worker told CNN that an estimated 75 percent of Joplin was destroyed, while debris was found 70 miles away. Last night, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency. The death toll is expected to climb even higher.

Death Toll from Missouri Tornado Climbs to 89

Death Toll from Missouri Tornado Climbs to 89

Death Toll from Missouri Tornado Climbs to 89S

Death Toll from Missouri Tornado Climbs to 89

Death Toll from Missouri Tornado Climbs to 89

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