Joplin tornado death toll at 125

| May 23, 2011

The Flying J at exit 11 off I-44 took a direct hit and is closed until further notice, said a Flying J spokesman. He said no one was injured at the facility. A Pilot location at exit 4 off I-44 is open for business. The Joplin 44 Petro truck stop apparently was not damaged. Truckers were advised to avoid the Joplin area for fueling as electricity hasn’t been fully restored, according to the Missouri Department of Transportation.

The Missouri governor has activated the National Guard to assist local officials. A state of emergency was declared for the area near the Kansas and Oklahoma borders.

Jill Dunn contributed to this report strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.