The 2011 Joplin Tornado was a devasting EF5 tornado and is one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history. It occurred during a late-May tornado outbreak and hit Joplin, Missouri on May 22nd, 2011. Joplin is no stranger to tornadoes. This was the 3rd tornado to strike the city of Joplin since May 1971. Not only was this tornado deadly, but it was one of the costliest in the State of Missouri and in U.S. history. The 2011 Joplin tornado killed 161 people and injured thousands of others.
There is a debate if this tornado reached EF5 status on the Enhanced Fujita scale. A report claimed that much of the damage was done by EF2 and EF3 strength winds. However, the National Weather Service stands by its EF5 rating based on their assessment of the damage. Below you'll find facts about the 2011 Joplin tornado, some of the tornado records that it broke, and pictures related to this tornado. Feel free to contact us if you come across any new research on this historic tornado.
Below is a list of records the 2011 Joplin Tornado set and still holds as of 6-10-2019.
Below are some shocking pictures related to the 2011 Joplin Tornado, including pictures of the funnel cloud and the damage that it caused.