Updated at 5:36 p.m.:
The latest number of confirmed dead has risen to 125. (via the Associated Press)
Updated with latest information from SEMA:
- 123 people are now confirmed dead. 503 are in shelters across the region.
- Primary and secondary search and rescue mission have been completed. 18 cadaver dog teams are now searching the area.
- Joplin law enforcement has requested additional assistance, and Jasper County 911 has indicated the need for more 911 operators.
- All of the arterial and collector streets in Joplin have been cleared of debris.
The massive tornado that tore through Joplin, Mo. is now officially the deadliest single twister in the U.S. in nearly six decades with a death toll of at least 122. The National Weather Service says the tornado was a highest-rated EF5 storm, with winds greater than 200 mph.
City Manager Mark Rohr said Tuesday that more than 750 people were injured. Nine people also have been recovered from debris and authorities say the search and rescue is continuing.
The twister that hit Joplin on Sunday is the deadliest single tornado since the National Weather Service began keeping official records in 1950. It's the 8th-deadliest single twister in U.S. history.
Federal officials estimate about 8,000 structures were damaged.
More updates from the Tuesday evening press conference and into the evening of May 24:
Will be updated with more information.