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Pray for the people of Missouri

Pray for the people of Missouri

A massive tornado struck Joplin Missouri today. It appears that at least one hospital was hit directly. Early reports list multiple casualties in the region.

“The twister was part of a line of severe weather that swept across the Midwest on Sunday, prompting tornado watches and warnings that stretched from Wisconsin to Texas. High winds and possible tornadoes struck Minneapolis and other parts of Minnesota, leaving at least one person dead and injuring nearly two dozen others, police said.

Authorities in Joplin were contending with multiple reports of people trapped, as well as significant structural damage to St. John’s Regional Medical Center, which was hit directly by the tornado, city officials said. CNN affiliate KSHB said there were reports of fires throughout the hospital.”

More here.

Joplin is part of the Diocese of Western Missouri. St. Phillips is the Episcopal church in the city.

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