An American flag is seen in front of a destroyed home in Joplin, Missouri

 
An American flag is seen in front of a destroyed home in Joplin, Missouri
An American flag is seen in front of a destroyed home in Joplin, Missouri May 26, 2011. The death toll from a monster tornado that savaged Joplin, Missouri, stands at 126 with 232 still missing. 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 (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)