2011 now deadliest year for tornadoes since 1950

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An official in Joplin, Mo., says the death toll from massive tornado has risen to at least 142 people.

Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr released the updated total during a news conference Saturday.

The state has been working to pare down the list of people missing and unaccounted for in the wake of the deadliest single U.S. twister in more than six decades. It said Saturday that the original list of 232 missing or unaccounted for residents had dropped to 100.

Numbers describing last Sunday's storm are nothing short of numbing. The tornado - an EF5 monster packing 200 mph winds - was the deadliest since 1950 and more than 900 people were injured.

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