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For Reeling Missouri City, Possible 2nd Punch Looms

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Josh Ramsey looks through the rubble of what is left of his mother-in-law's home following a tornado Monday, in Joplin, Mo. (AP)
Josh Ramsey looks through the rubble of what is left of his mother-in-law's home following a tornado Monday, in Joplin, Mo. (AP)

Rescue crews worked into the rain-soaked chill of night, ignoring lightning and strong winds to dig through splintered homes, crumpled businesses and crushed cars in this Missouri town walloped by the deadliest single tornado in nearly six decades. Even more ominous: More storms, possibly strong ones, were on the horizon.

The death toll in Joplin reached 116 on Monday and was expected to climb. But there were glimmers of hope: Rescuers pulled 17 people from the rubble, and Gov. Jay Nixon vowed that crews would keep searching until everyone is accounted for.

"They still think there are folks that could be alive," Nixon told The Associated Press. Searchlights were brought in for work to continue overnight.

The April tornadoes that devastated the South unspooled over a three-day period starting in the Plains. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said a repeat could be setting up.

This program aired on May 24, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.

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