Up until a couple of days ago no one outside of Joplin, Missouri had heard of Joplin, Missouri. A monster tornado changed all of that. On May 22nd a huge tornado hit the town, wiping many neighborhoods off the map and thusfar killing in excess of 120 people. The tornado season in the United States has claimed more than 500 lives up until now and it is feared many more will follow.

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A vehicle heads east along 15th Street during a storm in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011. Tornadoes tore through parts of the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, killing at least 30 people in the Missouri town of Joplin, claiming another life in Minneapolis and causing extensive property damage in the region. Picture taken May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

People stand on 20th Street in Joplin, Missouri May 22, 2011 after a tornado hit the town. Tornadoes tore through parts of the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, killing at least 30 people in the Missouri town of Joplin, claiming another life in Minneapolis and causing extensive property damage in the region. Picture taken May 22, 2011. REUTERS/Aaron Kafton

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Emergency workers and residents walk through a neighborhood after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. At least 89 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile (1 km) wide through the heart of Joplin, Missouri, and directly hit the small Midwestern city's main hospital, local officials said on Monday. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A bare tree stripped of its branches and leaves sits near St. John's Regional Medical Center after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. At least 89 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile (1 km) wide through the heart of Joplin, Missouri, and directly hit the small Midwestern city's main hospital, local officials said on Monday. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A Sheriff's officer searches the debris field for survivors and those who may of perished after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. At least 89 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide through the heart of of the city and directly hit the small Midwestern city's main hospital. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Residents search through debris of what was once their home for personal belongings after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. At least 89 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide through the heart of of the city and directly hit the small Midwestern city's main hospital. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A neighborhood speed limit sign rests near a house destroyed by devastating tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. At least 89 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile (1 km) wide through the heart of Joplin, Missouri, and directly hit the small Midwestern city's main hospital, local officials said on Monday. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Trees are seen stripped bare after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, Missouri when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Smashed cars rest in the parking lot of St. John's Regional Medical Center after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. At least 89 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide through the heart of of the city and directly hit the small Midwestern city's main hospital. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Residents wonder down a neighborhood street after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. At least 89 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide through the heart of of the city and directly hit the small Midwestern city's main hospital. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

An entire neighborhood lay in ruin after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. At least 89 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide through the heart of of the city and directly hit the small Midwestern city's main hospital. REUTERS/Mike Stone

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A sign lays among the ruins after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. At least 89 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide through the heart of of the city and directly hit the small Midwestern city's main hospital. REUTERS/Mike Stone

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

An overturned car is seen near St. John's hospital after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Destroyed vehicles and buildings litter a neighborhood after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A dog sits and waits for its owner near a house after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A truck lies in rubble after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, Missouri when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A view of the devastation after a tornado blew the roof off the St. John's Regional Medical Center, where about 180 patients cowered as the fierce winds blew, in Joplin, Missouri May 23, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A mud-covered road is seen in a destroyed neighborhood after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. At least 116 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide through the heart of of the city and directly hit the small Midwestern city's main hospital. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A woman looks for survivors amidst the rubble after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. At least 116 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide through the heart of of the city and directly hit the small Midwestern city's main hospital. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A volunteer pauses while looking for survivors after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. At least 116 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide through the heart of of the city and directly hit the small Midwestern city's main hospital. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A street sign is seen on the ground after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 23, 2011. At least 116 people have died in a monster tornado that left a path of destruction nearly a mile wide through the heart of of the city and directly hit the small Midwestern city's main hospital. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Volunteers look through the rubble for victims after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A volunteer looks for survivors in the rubble of a home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A volunteer looks for survivors in the rubble of a home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Kyle Gordon pauses while looking through his destroyed home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A sign ripped from a market is seen after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Alicia Gordon reacts to seeing her destroyed home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Members of the St. Louis Metro Urban Search & Rescue Strike Team 3 conduct a secondary search for victims of a tornado after it struck Joplin, Missouri, May 24, 2011. Search teams accompanied by cadaver dogs on Tuesday picked their way through the rubble of thousands of homes and businesses laid to waste by the massive tornado that killed at least 116 people in Joplin, Missouri. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Members of the St. Louis Metro Urban Search & Rescue Strike Team 3 conduct a secondary search for victims of a tornado after it struck Joplin, Missouri, May 24, 2011. Search teams accompanied by cadaver dogs on Tuesday picked their way through the rubble of thousands of homes and businesses laid to waste by the massive tornado that killed at least 116 people in Joplin, Missouri. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Fire hoses lay coiled next to a destroyed truck after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. Search teams accompanied by cadaver dogs on Tuesday picked their way through the rubble of thousands of homes and businesses laid to waste by the massive tornado that killed at least 116 people in Joplin, Missouri. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Jerry Parker looks through pictures recovered from his destroyed home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 118 people in Joplin, when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Cheryl Parker looks out from her destroyed home to her leveled neighborhood after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 118 people in Joplin, when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Ronald McDowell clears glass and debris from his damaged car after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 118 people in Joplin, when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A door, with a home owner's address, rests against a destroyed car after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. The massive tornado ripped through the center of Joplin on Sunday, killing at least 118 people and leaving many more missing. It was the deadliest single tornado in the United States in some 64 years. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Jim Wine looks out at the destruction caused by a tornado, as he helps his brother salvage belongings from his home, in Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. The massive tornado ripped through the center of Joplin on Sunday, killing at least 118 people and leaving many more missing. It was the deadliest single tornado in the United States in some 64 years. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A sign, informing those of the home owner's condition, is displayed against a television set after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. The massive tornado ripped through the center of Joplin on Sunday, killing at least 118 people and leaving many more missing. It was the deadliest single tornado in the United States in some 64 years. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A woman looks through her destroyed home after a tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 118 people in Joplin, when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city on May 22, 2011, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A car is seen overturned in front of a destroyed home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 118 people in Joplin on May 22, 2011, when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A sign is seen in front of a destroyed apartment complex after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 118 people in Joplin on May 22, 2011 when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Residents salvaging possessions from their destroyed apartment complex are seen reflected in a vehicle's side mirror after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 24, 2011. A monster tornado killed at least 118 people in Joplin when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city on May 22, 2011, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Crews remove destroyed cars from a market parking lot after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 25, 2011. The death toll from a monster tornado that ravaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125 on Wednesday after an overnight search turned up more bodies but no new survivors, authorities said. The tornado that wrecked up to a third of the city of 50,000 on Sunday was upgraded to an EF-5, or the highest rating possible on the Enhanced Fujita scale of tornado power and intensity. It had been rated an EF-4. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Members of the Joplin Fire Department, who rode out the tornado in their station, stand in front of a destroyed market after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 25, 2011. The death toll from a monster tornado that ravaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125 on Wednesday after an overnight search turned up more bodies but no new survivors, authorities said. The tornado that wrecked up to a third of the city of 50,000 on Sunday was upgraded to an EF-5, or the highest rating possible on the Enhanced Fujita scale of tornado power and intensity. It had been rated an EF-4. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

A recovery crew looks for bodies in a destroyed church after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 25, 2011. The death toll from a monster tornado that ravaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125 on Wednesday after an overnight search turned up more bodies but no new survivors, authorities said. The tornado that wrecked up to a third of the city of 50,000 on Sunday was upgraded to an EF-5, or the highest rating possible on the Enhanced Fujita scale of tornado power and intensity. It had been rated an EF-4. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Furniture from a destroyed church is seen after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri May 25, 2011. The death toll from a monster tornado that ravaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125 on Wednesday after an overnight search turned up more bodies but no new survivors, authorities said. The tornado that wrecked up to a third of the city of 50,000 on Sunday was upgraded to an EF-5, or the highest rating possible on the Enhanced Fujita scale of tornado power and intensity. It had been rated an EF-4. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

An iron is seen in front of a home destroyed by a tornado in Joplin, Missouri May 25, 2011. The death toll from the monster tornado that savaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125 on Wednesday as tornadoes overnight in nearby states caused at least 13 more deaths. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Rev. Dave Hurley carries out keepsakes from the home of Louise McDaniel, destroyed after Tuesday's tornado which hit the town of Chickasha, Oklahoma May 25, 2011. The death toll from a monster tornado that savaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125 on Wednesday as tornadoes overnight in nearby states caused at least 13 more deaths. Eight died in Oklahoma, while Arkansas officials confirmed three deaths, and two deaths were confirmed in Kansas from a line of several tornadoes that roared across the Midwest overnight. REUTERS/Bill Waugh

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Residents recover possessions from a destroyed apartment building in Joplin, Missouri May 25, 2011. The death toll from a monster tornado that ravaged Joplin, Missouri, rose to 125 on Wednesday after an overnight search turned up more bodies but no new survivors, authorities said. The tornado that wrecked up to a third of the city of 50,000 on Sunday was upgraded to an EF-5, or the highest rating possible on the Enhanced Fujita scale of tornado power and intensity. It had been rated an EF-4. REUTERS/Eric Thayer

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Home and business owners wait in line to attain access permits to enter areas devastated by a tornado that hit Joplin, Missouri, May 25, 2011. The massive tornado ripped through the center of Joplin on Sunday, killing at least 118 people and leaving many more missing. It was the deadliest single tornado in the United States in some 64 years. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Rich Enochs, a handler with Mid-America K-9 Search & Rescue, works with search dog named Treaker as they look for a 15-month-old child who was reported missing in the area after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 25, 2011. The massive tornado ripped through the center of Joplin on Sunday, killing at least 118 people and leaving many more missing. It was the deadliest single tornado in the United States in some 64 years. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

The Devastating Joplin Tornado

Tammi Longwell, a nurse with Mid-America K-9 Search & Rescue, searches for a 15-month-old child who was reported missing in the area after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Missouri, May 25, 2011. The massive tornado ripped through the center of Joplin on Sunday, killing at least 118 people and leaving many more missing. It was the deadliest single tornado in the United States in some 64 years. REUTERS/Ed Zurga

May 26, 2011