Powerful storms kill 32 in central US
A neighborhood struck by the tornado in Joplin, Missouri
A series of tornadoes across central United States have killed at least 32 people, causing an upheaval in some regions affected by the violent storms.
At least 31 people were killed as a tornado ripped through City of Joplin in the State of Missouri, and at least one individual died and 18 others were injured during another twister in the major city of Minneapolis in the State of Minnesota on Sunday, AFP reported.
According to a National Weather Service meteorologist, the center of Joplin took “a direct hit”, where St. John's Regional Medical Center was struck by a tornado. Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has already declared a state of emergency.
"These storms have caused extensive damage across Missouri, and they continue to pose a significant risk to lives and property" Nixon said in a statement.
The governor has activated National Guard troops in order to maximize safety.
"The Home Depot [department store] is leveled. The Walmart [department store] is destroyed. Gas stations, buildings, everywhere I could see was either heavily damaged or completely destroyed," said a freelance photographer, John Miller.
The tornadoes come less than a month after a major storm system that generated a series of violent tornadoes left over 350 people dead across nine states in the US.