New death brings toll from Joplin tornado to 159

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Posted: Jul 08, 2011 9:08 PM
New death brings toll from Joplin tornado to 159

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - The death toll from a devastating tornado in Joplin, Missouri, in May has risen to 159, the city said on Friday.

Janice McKee, the latest victim, died of injuries sustained in the tornado, Lynn Onstot, public information officer for the city, said in a statement.

The tornado, which cut a six-mile swath through Joplin and destroyed 6,000 homes and many other buildings in the city, was the deadliest in the United States in more than 60 years.

(Editing by Cynthia Johnston)