Tornoadoes Hit Hard at Nursing Homes in the Mid-West

A nursing home operator has stated that at least 11 people have been killed at one Joplin nursing home hit hard by the tornado that devastated the southwest Missouri city.  Bill Mitchell, who operates Greenbriar nursing home on the city's south side, said 10 residents and a staff member were killed when four vehicles were tossed into the building.

The overall death toll from the tornado is well over 100 and still climbing, making it the single deadliest tornado since the National Weather Service began keeping records in 1950. According to the Joplin city manager more than 750 people were injured. The National Weather Service said the twister appeared to be a rare "multivortex" tornado, with multiple small and intense centers of rotation orbiting the larger funnel. It was a highest-rated EF5 storm, with winds greater than 200 mph. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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