Frustration for Tornado Survivors: Join the Live Chat
Part of a mangled car door sits atop a tree near the spot where Charles Richardson's home once stood in Joplin, Missouri.
May 25th, 2011
09:45 PM ET

Frustration for Tornado Survivors: Join the Live Chat

New and dangerous storms out there tonight as the deadliest tornado season in more than half-a-century continues. Anderson will be reporting from Joplin, Missouri where neighbors are helping neighbors. But stories are emerging, and frustration rising, about a lack of organization. We're Keeping Them Honest. We also have a remarkable story about an Oklahoma family that survived the tornado that hit last night.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

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Beat 360° 5/25/11
First lady Michelle Obama delivers a speech and answers student's questions in Christ Church dining hall in the University of Oxford on May 25, 2011 in Oxford, England. Mrs Obama joined female students from the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in North London for an open day at the University of Oxford. (Photo credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
May 25th, 2011
07:38 PM ET

Beat 360° 5/25/11

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite!

Beat 360° Challenge

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May 25th, 2011
07:30 PM ET

Letters to the President: #856 'Ping-pong diplomacy'

Reporter's Note: I write a letter to the president every day, and when he travels I always hope he will send me a postcard. He doesn’t, but I still hope.

Dear Mr. President,

This may sound odd amid all the serious problems you are dealing with these days, but I loved that video of you playing ping-pong with those kids! This is kind of a continuation of my thought from yesterday about the need for leaders to appear calm, even when circumstances might make them want to scream and run away.

When The Leader of the Free World publicly plays ping-pong, although it was just for a few minutes, it suggests a certain level of confidence in the stability of…well, everything. It is sort of the Oval Office equivalent of whistling in the dark.

May 25th, 2011
05:15 PM ET

How to help Joplin, tornado victims

(CNN) - Severe weather this weekend spawned tornadoes that devastated the country's heartland.

The greatest destruction was in the city of Joplin, Missouri, where at least 125 people were killed and a quarter of the city's homes and businesses were reportedly damaged.

As organizations and first responders provide emergency relief, food and shelter, many people across the country are looking for ways they can help.


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Weather
May 25th, 2011
04:30 PM ET

Video: Massive tornado rips through Oklahoma

Editor's note: A string of tornadoes and severe weather sweep through Oklahoma Tuesday, leaving 68 counties in a state of emergency.

Related: Tornadoes, storms kill 6 in Oklahoma, Kansas

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May 25th, 2011
01:00 PM ET

Joplin dodges new storms as cleanup continues

Joplin, Missouri (CNN) - Residents of tornado-ravaged Joplin, Missouri, again found themselves huddling in shelters as another round of powerful storms roared across the Plains early Wednesday.

The tornado that struck the community Sunday killed at least 125 people, in what authorities said was the deadliest single U.S. tornado since modern record-keeping began 61 years ago.

Late Tuesday night, the city was briefly under a tornado warning before high winds whipped the area and lightning lit the night sky.

Turbulent spring weather has interrupted search efforts more than once in the three days since the powerful twister flattened a large section of the town of 50,000 people.

Rescue teams pulled two more people alive from the rubble, Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr said Tuesday. An estimated 750 people have been treated at area hospitals.


Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Weather
May 25th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Video: 2011 tornado season worst since 1953

Editor's note: CNN Meteorologist, Rob Marciano, talks to Piers Morgan about the increase and severity of tornadoes.

Related: Despite better technology, 2011 set to be deadliest tornado year

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May 25th, 2011
01:18 AM ET

Video: One Joplin family begins to rebuild

Editor's note: Sally Smith, a Joplin, MO resident, explains to Anderson Cooper how her family will begin to rebuild their lives.

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May 25th, 2011
01:08 AM ET

Update: Family searches for Will Norton

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper spoke Tuesday with the aunt of Will Norton, a Missouri teenager who has been missing since Sunday's tornado. If you have information about Will's whereabouts email findwillnorton@gmail.com, call 757-751-WILL (9455) or visit the Help Find Will Norton Facebook Page.

Earlier: Family trying to locate high school grad

Filed under: 360° Radar • 360º Follow • Weather
May 25th, 2011
01:02 AM ET

Video: Rotating storm avoids Joplin

Editor's note: CNN's Anderson Cooper, Chad Myers, and Gary Tuchman report on the situation in Joplin, MO Tuesday night.

Related: Joplin hit with tornado warning

Related: Tense moments behind the camera as sirens sounded

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