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disaster in joplin -- the desperate search for survivors continues overnight as block after block, mile after mile an american tragedy comes into focus. >> i feel helpless. all i can do is hold her. i could feel the house moving. i'll never get that out of my head. captioning funded by cbs good morning, everyone, on this tuesday. i'm terrell brown in for betty nguyen. in the words of one joplin resident, there's nothing left. two days after a single powerful tornado reduced much of joplin, missouri to rubble, the death
toll is rising and rescue crews are still searching for survivors. more severe weather including tornadoes could be on the way. today the national weather service predicts a high risk of another tornado outbreak in texas, oklahoma, arkansas, and missouri. overnight, a tornado hit big rock, tennessee 70 miles northwest of nashville. it damaged dozens of homes. and injured at least three people. elsewhere, severe weather hit late yesterday. and overnight in the ohio valley including possible tornadoes in kentucky and pennsylvania. >> probably wasn't even 30 seconds and i could feel the house -- feel the house moving. i thought it was going to come in on me. >> scary, but so far this morning, only minor injuries are reported. to the latest now in joplin, efforts have been hampered by 16 people were killed by the twister. it was the nation's deadliest single twister since 1963. no wonder, it was an ef-4 with winds approaching 200 miles per hour. an estimated 2,000 homes and
other buildings were destroyed or damaged. the tornado was three-quarters of a mile wide and left destruction six miles long. randall pinkston is in joplin with more. randall, good morning, what's the latest on the ground? good morning, terrell. i have been in a few war zones and the devastation i've seen here is easily comparable to anything that a bomb could do. look at this. this is the parking lot of the st. johns regional medical center. cars tossed around like match sticks. you can see indentations of hail on the back of that gray vehicle there. it's awesome, it was horrible. people are still in shock. this morning the search is focusing on finding survivors, 17 people pulled from the rubble. but bracing for the worst. jay nixon said he doesn't want to guess how high the death toll will climb, but he's sure it will go higher. >> reporter: rescue workers in
joplin, missouri are digging through the debris piece-by-piece looking for survivors. >> we need to make sure to cover the entire area and if folks are underneath this rubble and alive, we need to find them. >> sunday's monster tornado slammed into the town head on killing at least 116 people. it was the nation's deadliest single twister in more than half a century and the second major tornado disaster in less than a month. >> pure devastation, you can't believe it. >> block after block, houses are demolished, cars crumpled like toys. sara managed to walk out alive, but like many, is still shaken. >> i got the kids. we got everything off of the bed and put the mattress over us and held it down really tight. >> here at st. johns hospital, more harrowing stories of survival. this building suffered some of the worst damage, but brave staffers are credited with saving 180 patients.
>> two pregnant nurses that dove under gurneys. i was so worried they were hurt. they showed up and worked all night long. so it's a testimony to the human spirit. >> reporter: joplin is still largely without power. forecasters are calling for more violent weather today. still residents remain hopeful. >> we're resilient people. we will bounce back from this. it will take some time, i think we will, we'll get it rebuilt in time. >> reporter: the powerful tornado may have destroyed their homes, but the people here say it won't crush their spirit. speaking of resiliency, people have been organizing, trying to do what they can to help their neighbor, to help people who have nothing left. live in joplin, randall pinkston. back to you, terrell. >> randall pinkston in joplin, missouri. we appreciate it. thanks so much. as the twister was about to hit joplin on sunday, 20 people took shelter in the cooler of a convenience store. one had a video camera. you can't see much here, but
what you hear tells an amazing story of terror and survival. take a listen. f terror and survival. take a listen. >> jesus, jesus! >> praise god. praise god. >> i love everyone. i love everyone, man. >> love you, guys. >> going to be okay. oh. >> i love you. >> jesus, jesus, jesus. heavenly father. >> everyone okay. >> everyone inside that store survived. when they came out, their town looked like a war zone. house after house demolished. lives upended. residents are trying to salvage whatever's left. don teague reports.
>> reporter: in the 2500 block of murphy street, everything that once was is gone. >> are you putting these in the truck, mom? >> reporter: for rhonda hall, the house she grew up in, where her father still lived until last night is now a pile of broken wood and memories. >> i grew up in this house. my dad grew up in this house. and to think it's all gone and where do you go from there, you know? >> reporter: she and her children are trying to salvage what they can. but it's not much. >> he had $50,000 worth of insurance. so whatever we can salvage, we need to do. >> reporter: there's simply nothing recognizable left on the 2500 block of murphy street. even the road sign is gone. but this isn't the only street in joplin that looks like this, across this city, there are dozens, hundreds like this. neighbors here think the people on this street survived even if their homes didn't.
adam hampton moved into his house here last summer. >> used to be real pretty neighborhood. >> reporter: he survived because he stopped at his mother's house on the way home from church sunday. he credits god with saving his life. now he's picking up what's left. don teague, cbs news. >> joplin's tragedy is the second we've seen in the season of superstorms. last month, a deadly pack of tornadoes rolled across the south. already it's one of the deadliest on record. it's far from over. anthony mason has more on that. >> reporter: at the storm prediction center in norman, oklahoma last week. >> this is a storm developing. >> reporter: the lead forecaster. >> upgrade that to the tornado. >> reporter: was tracking the early stages of the storm system that would devastate joplin. >> we don't fully understand how tornadoes form. >> reporter: but a 17-year veteran of the national weather service says forecasting has
improved significantly. >> we can anticipate the potential for those types of storms several days out. but the exact location and timing of more significant tornado threats, sometimes we don't know up until perhaps a few hours leading up to the event. >> reporter: through this day last year, 506 tornadoes were reported in the u.s. this year, that number is already more than double that. 1151. tornadoes have killed nearly 500 people. that's six times the annual average, making this the deadliest season in more than half a century. it's rare for tornadoes of this force to form at all. rarer still for them to find population centers like tuscaloosa and now joplin. anthony mason, cbs news. new york. take a quick break. up next on "the morning news," new evidence against the former head of the international monetary fund. plus, jury selection
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nato warplanes pounded libya's capital tripoli before dawn this morning. explosions could be heard miles away. it's the heaviest bombing yet against muammar gadhafi's military. the american diplomat jeffrey feltman is in the libyan rebel defective capital of benghazi today as a show of support for the rebel movement. in kazakhstan today, a russian soyuz capsule floated gently down from orbit. an american astronaut and a an italian cosmonaut landed safely. they spent six months on the space station. opening statements in orlando, florida in the murder trial of casey anthony. anthony is accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter, caylee, in march of 2008.
her body was found about six months later. her grandmother reported her missing and said she smelled something horrible in casey's car. and showed her partying after the damage. getting a conviction will be tough. >> this is a case without confession, there are no eyewitnesses or smoking gun. >> if convicted, anthony could face the death penalty. the sexual assault case against the former head of the international monetary fund, dominique strauss kahn. soirss say strauss-kahn's dna was found on the shirt of the new york city hotel maid who said he sexual assaulted her. it would be the first forensic evidence linking strauss kahn to the maid. he denied the charges and is under house arrest. call it the revised rapture or rapture revised. the preacher who predicted the world was going to end saturday said his calculations were off. it was the second incorrect doomsday prediction. he said last night he felt terrible about it.
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angeles, 73 with morning fog. time now for a check of the national forecast. latest satellite picture shows much of the northeast is under cloudy skies this morning, the southeast and the southwest are mainly clear. later today, more severe thunderstorms will develop in the ohio valley and southern plains including the area around joplin, missouri. the southeast will stay high and dry with scattered showers and thunderstorms will continue on the northeast. on the "cbs moneywatch" on this tuesday, an up and down day for stocks in asia. ashley morrison is here with more. good morning to you. mixed day for the asian markets. tokyo's nikkei went up a fraction. while the hong kong hang seng dropped slightly and the oil is on the rise to just over $98 a barrel. wall street gets the latest on new home sales, may is looking for the worst month since august. stocks fell again on monday on concerns that the debt crisis in europe is getting worse. on monday, the dow dropped 130 points, the nasdaq lost 44. chrysler is set to pass a major milestone today on the
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the amazing rescues in the rubble.. and the threat of more violent weather. a taser for every cop. bart's new plan to arm police, in the wake of the oscar grant shooting. the rapture.. rescheduled! the bay area preacher who predicted the end of the world, tells us why the third time will be the charm. and.. the mother of bryan stow's accused attacker speaks out. why she says police have the wrong man. join us for cbs 5 early edition ... beginning at 4,,,,
on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. more severe thunderstorms will be popping up around the southern plains this afternoon. showers and thunderstorms will develop in the northeast. much of the southeast will remain rain-free and hot with temperatures in the 90s. the volcanic ash from iceland has spread to norway and denmark causing more flights to be delayed or cancelled. the volcano erupted saturday sending plumes of dark ash 12 miles into the sky. the cloud is expected to spread causing more flight problems in northern europe. concerns about that ash had president obama leaving ireland on air force one a day earlier than planned. he and the first lady arrive in london this morning. aside from serious business to contend to, he'll meet with prince william and his new
bride, the former kate middleton. but mr. obama's arrival in ireland made him the toast of the town. massive crowds packed a park in dublin to welcome an american president reveling in his irish ancestry. >> hello, ireland! >> president obama touted his irish roots and told governors he was looking to reclaim his true last name. >> i've come home to find the apostrophe that we lost somewhere along the way. >> the president said the u.s. and ireland have a centuries old relationship found by history, friendship, and shared values. >> you can say there's been a little green behind the red, white, and blue. >> people by the tens of thousands crowded streets around the city center to hear the president speak. most barely got a view. but it didn't matter. >> the whole atmosphere was happy, one of unity, friendship, and lots of love out there. >> the president did hit a minor
speed bump as his motorcade got hung up on one. but it didn't slow down a jam-packed day highlighted by the president's ancestral village. president obama embraced his distant cousin, henry heely. crowds yelled "welcome home" to the president whose great, great, great grandfather left the village for a better life in america in 1850. the president paused just long enough to let his guinness settle before taking a gulp and giving the presidential seal of approval. >> i realize it tastes so much better here. >> he didn't have time to savor it. after a big speech in dublin, he flew to london ahead of schedule to escape the ash cloud headed across europe, charlie daggett, cbs news, dublin. coming up later, the latest in joplin, missouri. search and rescue operations continue in the wake of that devastating tornado. we'll talk to survivors and the governor. i'm terrell brown. this is the "cbs morning news." brown.
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call it the light after the storm. an amazing double rainbow arched across the sky in missouri after the massive tornado hit joplin on sunday. but there isn't much in the way of beauty on the ground in joplin. one of the city's two hospitals took a direct hit from the tornado. and all across town, the devastation is almost unimaginable. craig day of our tulsa, oklahoma station kotv reports. >> reporter: when the tornado ripped a path of destruction through joplin, st. john regional center took a direct hit. the staff had moments to move patients to safety in hallways before the twister hit the nine-story building. at least four of the people killed were at the hospital. patients were rushed to other hospitals in missouri, arkansas, and oklahoma.
just beyond the hospital, block after block, neighborhoods are wiped out. an estimated 30% of joplin is destroyed, hundreds of homes are leveled, cars are strewn about, and heartache hangs over the city of 50,000 people. sara and her two young daughters were inside their home when the tornado moved it 20 feet, leaving only the walls. >> we ran to the bathroom, i got the kids in. i swept everything off of the bed and put a mattress over us and held it down really tight. >> reporter: she's now looking for her daughter's favorite stuffed animal and trying to come to grips with the tornado's aftermath. >> loud and scary. mainly my kids were screaming, so i've been praying to god. he kept us all safe. >> no way to describe it. >> reporter: jim cook came to check on his 97-year-old step mother who survived the tornado. >> a gentleman came over and pulled her out. she's got scrapes and bruises
and she's sore. but she's a trouper. >> reporter: while she survived, his boyhood home like so many others didn't. the debris a path is six miles long and a half mile wide. everything in the tornado's path for mile after mile is reduced to ruins. this was an apartment complex. across the street, that building was a center for children with autism. the building over there was a dentist office, then a pharmacy. and the pile of rubble you see now -- that used to be a nursing home. emergency crews are going to the rubble looking for more bodies. many of the dead were found in the wreckage of their cars. tereasa hatten will never forget the damage she's seen nor the cries from the people trap in the rubble she's heard. >> help! help me. >> reporter: amidst the devastation and hurting, there are small moments of gratefulness, like sara finding
her daughter's stuffed dog. or the countless volunteers who step in to help their neighbors, even among heartache, there is hope. >> that's kotv's craig day reporting. coming up, all of the latest on the tornado disaster, full coverage from joplin, missouri. that will do it for this tuesday morning edition of "cbs morning news." i'm terrell brown. take care, everybody. have a great day. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com