[UPDATE] 'Total Devastation' Across the Midwest

By: Joel Brown - CBS News Email
By: Joel Brown - CBS News Email

[UPDATE] CBS News -- 7:30 a.m. --

Rescue workers in Joplin, Missouri are busy searching for victims of Sunday's deadly tornado.

The monster twister slammed into Joplin, Missouri late Sunday... killing at least 89 people and wiping entire neighborhoods off the map.

Dozens more are feared dead after a massive tornado tore through the town of 50,000 Sunday leveling entire neighborhoods.

"One minute it was barely sprinkling and the next minute boy, just the whole world turned upside down."

Residents say there was little warning before the twister touched down, flipping over cars and twisting metal around trees.

Emergency officials rushed in heavy equipment to help sift through the rubble... and search for survivors.

But phone and power lines are down making the operation even more difficult.

The National Guard has been called in and Missouri's Governor has declared a state of emergency.

President Obama issued a statement late Sunday expressing his deepest Condolences to families of the victims. He also directed FEMA to help with the response and recovery efforts.

The Joplin twister was just one of several tornados that barreled across the Midwest this weekend.

A family in La Crosse , Wisconsin caught this funnel cloud on camera as it marched toward their backyard.

No one was seriously injured but the powerful weather system wrecked plenty of havoc, tearing roofs of homes and scattering streets with debris.

Another tornado in Minneapolis, Minnesota killed at least one person.

The storm sent huge trees crashing down on homes.

Residents tried to clear some of the mess Sunday but there could be more to come.

Forecasters are calling for another round of violent weather today. (5/23)

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JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Tornadoes have ripped through parts of the
Midwest, killing at least one person in Minneapolis and an unknown
number of others in a Missouri town.

Damage was widespread across the south side of Joplin, Mo., including at a hospital. State emergency management officials
confirm fatalities have been reported.

Phone communications into and out of the city are largely cut
off.

The storm was part of a series that battered the Midwest tonight. Tornado warnings and watches have been posted from Texas
to Michigan.

In Minneapolis, a city spokeswoman says the death there was confirmed by the Hennepin County medical examiner. Only two of the
29 people injured in Minneapolis were hurt critically.

In Wisconsin, officials say a powerful storm has caused significant damage in La Crosse. There are no immediate reports of serious injuries.

Those storms followed a tornado Saturday night that swept through the small eastern Kansas town of Reading, killing one person and destroying at least 20 homes.


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