Joplin tornado

River to River
2:39 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

The Aftermath of an EF5 Tornado

Joplin, Missouri, a year after the 2011 tornado
Liam Kieffer

The deadly tornado earlier this week in Oklahoma recalls other recent tornado disasters in the Midwest. Today on River To River, host Ben Kieffer talks with survivors of the devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri in 2011…and the twister that struck the Parkersburg/New Hartford area here in Iowa 5 years ago. Some experts join the conversation as well, to shed more light on the effect of the EF5 tornado that tore through Oklahoma.

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River to River
1:41 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

When Severe Weather Strikes

Empty lot in Joplin, where house once stood.
Liam Kieffer

In May of 2011, Joplin Missouri was hit by the deadliest single tornado since record keeping began in 1950.  After that disaster, the National Weather Service evaluated their warning system and public response to it.  That led to a more specific warning system that went into effect in Iowa on April 1.  Today we hear from two Iowa National Weather Service meteorologists about the new “impact-based” warning system. We also listen back to our conversation last year with storm chaser Jeff Piotrowski and his firsthand account of the Joplin tornado.

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5:30 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Joplin, One Year Later

Ian Coday and Martha Goldman with a glass shard from their former home. The tornado leveled their neighborhood. The couple hid in their closet, which turned out to be the only part of the house left standing.
Liam Kieffer

One year ago – on May 22, 2011 – one of the deadliest tornados in U.S. history struck the city of Joplin, Missouri. The twister killed 160 people and injured hundreds more.

Recently, IPR’s Ben Kieffer traveled to Joplin to talk with tornado survivors. 

He also spoke with researchers from Iowa State University who went to Joplin in the immediate aftermath. They surveyed structural damage to find out what it reveals about how best to survive a tornado.  

River to River
3:07 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Joplin Anniversary

A former neighborhood in Joplin ten months after the tornado.
Liam Kieffer

One year after one of the deadliest tornadoes in U.S. history struck Joplin, Missouri, host Ben Kieffer takes us on trip to Joplin to talk with survivors of the disaster.

We hear from Martha Goldman and Ian Coday, the young couple who survived in their closet as the house around them was ripped away. Also, 76-yr old Carolyn Pendergraft talks about surviving in her basement while above her half century-old donut shop was destroyed.