29 May '11, 6am

Obama to visit tornado-hit Missouri town

Obama to visit tornado-hit Missouri town

JOPLIN, Missouri: US President Barack Obama was to attend memorial service Sunday for victims of one of the worst tornadoes ever to hit the United States as the death toll from the disaster rose to 142. The president and local residents, who planned to gather on the campus of Missouri Southern State University, were to observe a moment of silence exactly one week after the tornado cut a path of death and destruction through the heart of this town of 50,000. Among the newly confirmed killed by the tornado was teenager Will Norton, who was sucked by the wind out of his father's Hummer SUV as they drove home from his high school graduation. "It's very disheartening," Joplin spokeswoman Lynn Onstot told AFP on Saturday. "He was a high school senior who had just graduated. It was a very emotional story for everyone. It touched many of us." Crews continued searching for the miss...

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