Large tornado hits north of Joplin, Missouri, as severe outbreak continues

Severe thunderstorms hammered the Central U.S. on Wednesday evening for yet another day, with a large tornado passing just north of Joplin, Missouri, 8 years to the day since a disastrous twister there killed 161 people.

The big picture: Doppler radar imagery detected debris lofted thousands of feet into the air from the large tornado that struck near Joplin as it traveled through small cities and towns including Carl Junction and Oronogo, Missouri. The full toll from this long-lasting tornado may not be known until Thursday morning. However, the severe storms stretched for hundreds of miles, affecting millions from Oklahoma to Illinois.

America's rat renaissance

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

One not-fun consequence of booming cities is the scourge of rats, well fed by trash, warmed by climate change, and bringing new health threats and general grossness with them.

The big picture: “Everywhere I go, rat populations are up,” scientist Robert Corrigan tells the NYT.