Early reports say 30 are dead:

A tornado steamrolled over Joplin, Mo., on Sunday night, knocking out a hospital and causing many deaths across the city, according to various reports.

Joplin, which the reports said was in the direct path of the tornado, was left isolated and in the dark after the destruction, with telephone connections largely cut off and many homes without electricity after the twister touched down around 6 p.m.

This is just awful. A friend posted on his Facebook page, "My home is destroyed... our town is completely leveled." To document the aftermath, the Daily Beast is posting a collection of photos. And here's video of the wreckage::

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Another video after the jump.