The authorities said that the death toll in a powerful tornado that struck the town of Joplin in Missouri has risen to 123, in addition to 750 injuries, while many others are still missing. Rescue teams are inspecting rubble in the small town in the Midwest, where the storm destroyed nearly 2,000 buildings. Meteorologists expect that new storms will head to the region within a line of hurricanes running eastward from Oklahoma, where at least two people were killed and many others were injured when a storm hit west of Oklahoma City. Two more people died in Kansas in storms there
The storm, which struck Joplin with winds of about 328 km per hour, was the deadliest storm in the United States since 1947, when a storm in Woodland, Oklahoma, killed 181 people. It is the latest in a series of strong storms this spring that killed more than 300 people and caused property losses of more than two billion dollars in different parts of the United States. US President Barack Obama plans to visit the city in southwest Missouri on Sunday after returning from a European tour.