By now, most of America – and even the world – has seen the harrowing images of the devastation of Joplin, Mo., by a destructive F5 tornado. F5 is the highest conceivable intensity for a tornado. Though the Fujita scale goes up to F6, no F6 tornado has ever been recorded.
Our hearts go out to the many people there who have lost homes, family members, and friends.
In the midst of this tragedy, a few storm chasers caught some unbelievable footage of the tornado in action, as well as the aftermath of the storm. The following videos provide a small look at the fearsome power of nature.
To help the people of Joplin, you can make an online donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief fund. Be sure to enter the zip code for Joplin, 64801, to allocate your donation to that specific relief effort.
If you prefer, you may donate over the phone by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or by text message. Simply text the word “REDCROSS” to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Finally, contributions can also be mailed to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013.