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Great Tornado Hits Joplin, Missouri

A great tornado touched down in Joplin, Missouri, and utterly destroyed a swath a kilometer wide and 10 Km long, including a hospital, stores, buildings, and thousands of homes. The following is from News-Leader.com.

As searches continue throughout storm-torn Joplin, and the
death toll mounts, reaction continues to spread across the

Those who have visited the city -- which some are now
estimating at 25 percent destroyed -- share grim words.
Ozark Police Chief Lyle Hodges said he and several other
officers arrived in Joplin around midnight last night and
provided security for residences and businesses.

Hodges said the destruction was unlike anything he's

"I've seen tornado damage ... but this was as far as
you could see," Hodges said. "You couldn't stand
anywhere and see the edge of destruction. The houses were
all destroyed. It wasn't one here and one there."

The death toll stood this afternoon 116, with thousands of
buildings destroyed or damaged.

The GCP event was set for 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM local time, beginning when the first warnings were given, about 40 minutes before the tornado touched down in Joplin. The results is Chisquare 21737.513 on 21600 df, for p = 0.254 and Z = 0.663.

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It is important to keep in mind that we have only a tiny statistical effect, so that it is always hard to distinguish signal from noise. This means that every "success" might be largely driven by chance, and every "null" might include a real signal overwhelmed by noise. In the long run, a real effect can be identified only by patiently accumulating replications of similar analyses.

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