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Photo: Tornado’s dark path

A cross stands atop a church Monday that was severely damaged by a tornado in Joplin, Mo. Photo: AP/Charlie Riedel

A tornado ripped through the city of Joplin, Mo., Sunday evening, killing at least 89 people and destroying approximately a quarter of the buildings in the city of 50,500 people. Homes, businesses, schools and hospitals were torn apart in the storm, which reportedly grew to as much as three-quarters of a mile wide and left a 4-mile path of destruction.

Search and recovery efforts were hampered by a new round of severe weather, including gusty winds, heavy rain and hail, that rolled into the city Monday morning.

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