News about where people died in the horrific tornado:
JOPLIN, Mo. — Margaret Tutt was a practical woman who lived alone and followed a standard drill when storms approached: She grabbed a purse packing a flashlight, a battery-powered radio and medication for a breathing problem, and went into her interior bathroom.
But on May 22, as the 92-year-old followed that routine, the single-story brick home on South Wall Avenue where she had lived since 1952 was demolished by an EF-5 tornado, said her daughter, Mary Ann Christman.
“That’s where she died,” Christman said. “She did exactly what she was supposed to.”
Tutt’s fate was not an exception. More people died in their homes in last month’s tornado than in stores, vehicles or anywhere else, according to a tally of deaths by location assembled by the Globe.
The Joplin Globe has analyzed where two-thirds of the people killed in the horrific tornado were located when they died and most were in their homes. Unfortunately, an F-5 tornado renders our advice (which works well in most tornadoes) to go into an interior bathroom in a home without a basement useless because it sweeps everything away.
The Globe does on to talk to experts to learn what can be done to make homes safer.