UPDATE: Official: Tornado hits hospital in Joplin, Mo.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Authorities say a tornado has hit a Joplin hospital and caused the roofs of two city fire stations to collapse.
Jasper County Emergency Management Director Keith Stammer says a tornado hit the St. John's Regional Medical Center on the city's south side. He said there are multiple reports of injuries from the twister that struck around 6 p.m. Sunday.
There also were broadcast reports of damaged businesses and vehicles overturned on highway entrances elsewhere around or near the city.
JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) -- Officials say the southwest Missouri city of Joplin has taken a direct hit from a tornado and there are reports of multiple fatalities.
Damage was widespread across the city's south side. John Campbell, operations director for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency, confirmed fatalities have been reported, but he did not yet have an exact number or specifics.
Phone communications in and out of the city were largely cut off.
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