The number of deaths reported from the tornado that ripped through Joplin, Missouri, over the weekend has risen to 118, according to the federal government. The high death rate was not due to the twister hitting at an unusual time of year, but rather it was because of the path that it took, the Wall Street Journal reports.
The tornado ripped through a hospital, nursing home, row of crowded restaurants and several large stores. The age-range of the dead varied, and many of these people may have thought they were too young to worry about buying a life insurance policy.
"This has been a dramatic and difficult time, which is going to continue for some period of time. The weather has not been helpful," Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said. "It looks as if there continues to be thundershowers and perhaps even worse coming behind in waves."
When coupled with the tornadoes that hit earlier this year, the death toll in 2011 is more than 450, making 2011 from these storms the second deadliest on record. The twisters that struck Alabama and Mississippi in April set a one day record, with more than 226 tornadoes reported during a 24-hour period, according to the WSJ.