Joplin Tornado Situation Report 6 a.m. May 24
Joplin Tornado Situation Report 6 a.m. May 24
NEW INFORMATION IN BOLD
Search and Rescue resumed at 2200 hrs 23 May after the weather cleared. The fatality
count was confirmed at 117 as of 0330 24 May by the Jasper County EOC.
Earlier this afternoon, thunderstorms moved from Southwest Missouri into Eastern Missouri leading
to 53,000 Ameren utility customers without power. The eastern side of Missouri is expecting in the
late afternoon a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be
severe. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 75. Southwest wind around 11 mph. The eastern side of the
state expects for this evening showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 7pm. Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 64. South wind between 5 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
On May 22, 2011 severe storms impacted Missouri with significant damage to the City of Joplin.
Other counties reported minor damages: Saline County (one residence destroyed with minor injuries
to occupant), Lafayette County (two residences with minor damage), and Stone (two mobile homes
and two turkey barns damaged) counties.
Governor Jay Nixon deployed 100 National Guardsmen to the affected area with specialized
equipment to aid in search and rescue and debris clearing.
Electric Outages – Ameren reports 17,839 outages as of 2:20 a.m. in the St. Louis area.
Empire Electric – 13,700 and working on restoration.
New MAC Electric (Neosho)– is reporting that power is back to normal.
Shelter – Currently a shelter is open at Missouri Southern State College with 143 individuals
reported at the shelter. Shelter at Ignite Church at 701 S. Maiden Ln. with 34 individuals
reported at the shelter. Shelter at College Heights Christian College at 4311 E. Newman Rd
has an unspecified amount of individuals, they couldn't be reached by phone.
Forecast information –
Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near
84. South wind between 7 and 17 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. South
wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 28 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New
rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Lafayette County – residence destroyed with minor injuries.
Franklin - Several power outages due to straight line wind.
St. Charles – A severe thunderstorm moved through the county, the storm produced reports of
straight-line winds in Wentzville estimated at 50 to 60 mph. No structural damage has been
reported at this time, but dispatch centers and emergency managers are being polled for additional
damage reports. Current Impact: Minor. Scattered tree and power line damage; limited power
outages. 2 transformer fires, wires down reports, and lightning strikes; one storm-related house
fire. Power outages of approx 1,800 have been reported. Portage des Sioux's water plant is
currently without power. Ameren EOC has been notified, but there is no estimate on restoration
time. St Peters reports 8" tree down at City PWS facility
St. Louis County/City – reported power outages due to downed trees and lines. 52,000 power
outages were reported in Region C
Jasper County – Contacted Don Otto and confirmed fatality count at 117. Boil order is no
longer in effect, and water has been restored. Search and rescue is roughly half way
completed. Working with Disaster Medical Assistance Team through St. Johns to have a 60
bed surgical unit staffed by DMAT team, then by St. Johns staff. Joplin EOC reports 6
reliable phone lines are up. City of Sarcoxie reports a loss of power. Current estimates from
Empire are that power could be restored as early as 24 to 36 hours from 9 am this morning.
Generators have been powered up on the public drinking water system, City Hall, and the
wastewater system. An additional generator will be set up at the Gene Taylor Community Building
and a bigger one for the wastewater system by 8 pm tonight. The Red Cross will begin a 200 hot
meal food service at the Gene Taylor Community Building ( 218 N. 5th Street, Sarcoxie) beginning
today at 2:30 pm. Red Cross and City officials will monitor to determine if continuing operations are
required as well as the needs for an overnight shelter. They have outlined a grid pattern and Search
& Rescue teams are doing a full grid search. Railroads have resumed operations, however they are
moving slowly. Public Works and Mutual Aid are en route. A shelter is open and 300 volunteers
have arrived to assist in shelter operations. There are 100 law enforcement personnel working to
secure 30 roadblocks. The biggest needs at this time are search and rescue as well as mortuary
assistance. FEMA Region 7 is setting up a portable morgue and family assistance center.
Widespread damage, EMD reports 2,000 structures destroyed including residences, businesses,
schools, apartment complexes and churches. St. John's Regional Medical Center was badly
damaged and patients are being evacuated. Thirty (30) deaths have been reported.
Lawrence County – Two homes completely devastated, two homes with minor to
moderate damage, and two families displaced but staying with family. No fatalities,
injuries, or outages.
McDonald County – McDonald County 911 reported several road closings due
to high water and
flooding. This includes Highway 43 near the Buffalo Creek Bridge, Route W 1.5 miles north of
Pineville, and a location on Route E. They have advised that these roads may not be barricaded as
MODOT is working skeleton crews in this area due to the tornado response in Joplin.
Newton County – 32 homes evacuated do to flash flooding and the associated risks. The
Army Corps of Engineers is increasing flows at Beaver Damn and Table Rock Damn (to
34,000cfs). The flow amount will affect homes on Lake Taneycomo and the Lower Branson
Landing. Contacted the sheriff's office at 0200 and they said that the water was receding.
Heavy rains have been steady since the tornado and Newton County is starting to experience
flooding, but no impact to residents. No flood damage has been reported yet, but will probably
occur if the rain continues as forecasted.
Stone County – At 1600 hours today, the Table Rock Lake was at 930.32.
The Top Flood Pool is
at 931. It is expected to crest at 933.5. On April 28, 2011 the pool crested at 935.5. (Galena) A
Cargill contractor with 4 turkey barns destroyed due to the damage of uprooted trees. Another
Cargil turkey barn near Galena suffered minor damages. Two mobile homes and damages to two
turkey barns reported.
Mississippi County – At 1640 hours storms moved through the Charleston. The storms
the roof off a business and damaged 6 vehicles. No injuries were reported.
Andrew County – At approximately 1900
hours on 05/21/2011, storms moved through northern
Andrew County and Fillmore Areas. They received a large amount of golfball to baseball size hail.
Damage from hail and wind affected three residences and several other buildings. There were no
deaths or injuries.
ESF #1: Business 71 is closed. I-44 was cleared this morning and is now open. Rangeline Road is
closed. Recommending that people get fuel in Springfield or Oklahoma. Currently assisting the city
with debris removal and traffic control.
ESF #2: Sprint restored cell site near Memorial Hall, and is distributing cell phones to
people in Jasper county Emergency Operations Center. ATT reports 2 cell sites have been
restored. A satellite telephone kit has been dispatched. Report that there are fifty cell sites
that are off the network. Ten of these sites are off the network due to damage. Radio
communications are up and running. A Highway Patrol command truck is en route to the affected
areas to assist with communications. A State Area Coordination Center kit is being sent to support
emergency phones. The Joplin Police Department communications system is not functioning.
Jasper County has limited radio capability. Jasper County 911 is fully functional.
ESF #3: In contact with their regional office. They are aware of some issues with waste water and
water treatment plants and are monitoring the situation. Damage is limited to Joplin.
ESF #4 & 9 – Currently searching sector D8, with next immediate priorities being D9
(Hampshire Terrace Apartments) and D11A(Olympic Apartments). Oklahoma USAR and
MOTF1 in the search areas. Last primary search priorities are sectors D6, D12, and D15.
Secondary searches will be authorized after these primary searches are done.
The Mid America Regional Council has deployed to Joplin the following: 5 heavy rescue
Teams and 5 ambulance strike teams (25 total ambulances). 4 of the 5 strike teams will be
released tonight. 31 nurses are being deployed to work at hospitals in the immediate
vicinity and at Cox North Hospital in Springfield at the request of the Missouri Hospital
Association. The Medical Reserve Corps of Greater Kansas City volunteers are on standby
if requested. Kansas City Police Dept tactical and traffic squads and communications
assets have deployed to Joplin, as well as Cass county law enforcement with personnel
Per Greg Carrell, Springfield and Oklahoma have joined forces and resumed searching
after the weather cleared at 2200 they continued until 0136 when they returned for rehab
and will resume at first light. Monett, Kansas City KS, Brookline, Clever and Central Polk
teams are being mission tasked and resumed those missions at 2200 also. Jasper County
has all the search and rescue teams they can coordinate at this time. The county has
received a number of self deployed fire fighters, and are working to find out if they have
an incident commander.
Region C assets arrived at 0136 at the staging area and will perform secondary searches at
first light in areas that were quick searched at the beginning of the event.
Region F is sending 12 member Incident Support Team to fill shifts on the 24th and 25th at
Joplin Emergency Operations Center. Team departed Region F at 0321 with an ETA in
Joplin at 0600.
3 cadaver dogs arrived last night, with another 3 to arrive this morning.
Working with K-9 search and rescue requests from Region C. MOTF1 and KC assets are actively
searching in the affected area. MOTF1's base of operations is at Indiana Ave and East 20th.
Arkansas and Oklahoma also have state USAR teams on site. Tulsa IMT and SWMO IST are
sharing responsibilities at Joplin. The EOC is working in coordination with Joplin EMD and Joplin
FD. Eureka FD K-9's are also working with Joplin FD. There are reports of numerous self deployed
fire and search resources, however a comprehensive resource status is not available for self
deployed or local mutual aid assets. Monitoring search and rescue needs. Mo Task Force 1 en
route (85 members, 4 dogs, heavy equipment)...KC fire heavy rescue en route. In-region resources
on scene; Region D Incident Support Team on site. Logan-Rogersville and Springfield Fire Search
&Rescue assets on scene.
Division of Fire Safety Investigators Robbie Sterner and Randy Sweet in Joplin PD EOC to assist.
Region I and Region C S&R assets are on standby at this time.
Mutual aid assets staging area is Middle School on 50th Street.
Bob Patterson with St. John's is EMS coordinator in EOC.
ESF #5: The State Emergency Operations Center will be operating 24 hours a day until further
ESF #6 – United Way has received 1142 calls. Shelter at 701 S. Maiden Ln. in Joplin
housing 34 people. Shelter at Missouri Southern State Univeristy at 3950 E. Newman Road
in Joplin at the Leggett & Platt Athletic Center housing 143 people. Shelter at 4311 E.
Newman Rd in Joplin has an unspecified number of people, not answering phone.
Locating a larger warehouse for unsolicited donations. Monitoring shelter populations. Spontaneous
pet shelters are going up. A synopsis of the current messaging in relation to Mass Care and
For friends and family to check on their loved ones in the affected area:
Spontaneous Volunteers (Non Medical) : (800) 427-4626 or 2-1-1
Local Red Cross (Greater Ozarks Chapter): (417) 832-9500
ESF #7- Resourced 20 light towers to Joplin. 10 of these towers are on site and 5 will arrive shortly.
Resourced two generators for Sarcoxie. Currently working on EMAC requests. There have been
three EMAC requests so far; One for information only, one for a USAR Team request, and one for
an ambulance strike team.
ESF #8 - Mental health is attempting to coordinate with local faith based groups. 1000
tetanus shots will be in Joplin, and another 300 in Jasper county. These shots are available
to the general public at the Joplin Health Dept and the Jasper county health dept. Disaster
Morgue will be operational today, no address is known yet. Mental Health reports they are
trying to locate individuals that they currently provide service to. They are asking these people to
contact the 1-800 Mental Health Crisis Hotline at 1-800-494-7355. Public Health has administered
15 tetanus shots. Currently working resource requests. Two Disaster Medical Assistance Teams
are moving into Joplin to assist.
ESF #10 – EPA has confirmed RMP facilities are secure, as are radiological facilities. Tier 2
facilities will be checked next. There has been one confirmed anhydrous ammonia release of
3000-5000 pounds that occurred in east Joplin, which has been contained. EPA is en route to
support assessment and response. Identifying RMP and Tier Two facilities , including UST and AST
locations, and working with the Dept. of Agriculture Weights and Measures to determine if there
have been any Hazmat releases. They are creating staging areas for disposal and cleanup of
ESF #11 – There are four poultry houses that have possibly been damaged.
ESF #12 – Empire Electric reports 13,700
without power. 26th and Pearl substation was
destroyed by tornado. KCP&L is sending 45 linemen today, and another 45 after
storms pass through the Kansas City area. Ameren reporting 17,839 without
AT&T reports 4700 customers out of service. Empire reports storms in the area is hampering efforts.
Distribution assessment is beginning today and will continue into Tuesday morning. First mutual aid
call was held today. There are 45 Empire linemen and 15 tree trimmers on site and 206 contract
lineman are on the way or on site. They have 30 ground work and debris removal contractor workers
and an Empire liaison is assigned to the Joplin EOC
Reports that there are 20,000 out of electricity. Contractors are coming in to assess the damage to
the hospital. Power has been restored to the Freeman Hospital. MGE's office and operations
facilities in Joplin were not damaged, however they have reported several gas releases.
MGE shut-off 6 district regulator stations that supplied (fed) natural gas to 2 distribution systems (at
this time they do not have a count on the number of customers that were shut off). Leaking gas from
one of their regulator stations caught fire and they had to dig up the piping away from the station
and shut-off the natural gas underground. MGE's 2-way radio communications are coming back.
Land line, cellular telephone, and their 2-way radios were out for a time last night and then cell
phone service was spotty. They had walkie-talkies donated and had to use those for
communication. MGE had personnel in the emergency command center set-up by Joplin and were
receiving leak reports from various emergency responders, other utilities, and the public into the
command center and dispatching personnel for the command center until communications
No damage to any AT&T Central Offices, all are on commercial power. Communications to St.
John's Hospital are greatly limited. A total of 6 cell sites are impacted. 1 is physically damaged the
others are believed to be power or transport related. 1 of the sites is at St. John's hospital. We are
deploying a satellite COLT there. Further assessments are being made for resolution.
22 RTs are currently down, 20 RTs are on generators that have been deployed and 35 RTs are on
battery. Some of these sites are not yet accessible as the power company has not yet declared
the areas safe. Outside plant personnel are currently conducting damage assessment for OOS
conditions and will report when completed.
Public Service Commission reports that telephone contact with Empire Gas is very sporadic making
outage information difficult to obtain.
ESF #13 – There are currently 110 troopers and a mobile command vehicle with 4 communications
personnel on scene. Continuing to augment Joplin Police Department. Troop D is managing the
outer perimeters and providing handouts to people at check points. MSHP handled one request for
natural gas link at the Elks Lodge (west of St John's hospital). Made direct contact with MO
Energy who sent a response team to the area. MSHP has assigned troopers from other regions to
respond to Joplin. There are currently 51 troopers and a mobile command vehicle with 4
communications personnel on scene or en route. They are currently assessing the needs for the
morning and will be sending 19 more officers tomorrow.
ESF #15 – Things are slowing down, and media inquiries are looking for fatality numbers
and the next place to take the story (success stories, volunteer stories, etc…) Releasing
information for individuals who need replacement food stamps. Public Information Officers from the
Dept. of Health, Corrections, and MSHP have been staffing the JIC today. There have been about
100 media inquiries. Has requested a Public Information Officer from the Dept. of Health to assist
with media calls.
ESF #16 – There are currently 191 troops on the ground and 200 more on alert. National
Guard leadership is on the ground in Joplin and are in direct coordination with civilian authorities at
the county and state level.There are 139 troops on the ground and more have been requested.
ESF #17 – Supporting shelters and assessing where needs are currently.