Nightly News | May 25, 2011
>>> now we want to go back to joplin, missouri. more than 2,500 dead. some 700 injured. this is now the single deadliest tornado in the country since the 1940s . the search for survivors continues on the ground. we get our update tonight from n nbc's ron ralline.
>> reporter: with more possible tornadoes in last night's forecast, hundreds from joplin came to this shelter.
>> everybody down.
>> reporter: suddenly, unbelievally, the sirens warn again, sending everyone to the basement. a foalse alaurd who left carol and steve yagal shaking.
>> i was freaking, i wanted to freak. get away from it, get away from the sound.
>> your stomach just gets in knots. all i could do was sit there wlisenning.
>> reporter: tammy beardly had ridden out the tornado in her car. today, like so many here, she was picking up the tornado. this aerial photograph shows the tornado's path. six miles long.
>> we are going to rebuild. this community is going to survive.
>> reporter: meanwhile, throughout the community, it was a day to try to begin moving forward and in some places. find precious gems in the rubble.
>> it's not mine, but it could have been one of my neighbors.
>> evelyn wright feels she was fortunate she was away when the tornado destroyed her house. she found a $1. she thinks it's good look.
>> i will frame it.
>> reporter: there's been a lot of confusion about the number of people missing. some estimates have been as high as 1,500. today officials say after checking all that out, they believe most of the people are safe, that they have left the area to be with family and friends and the winds are gusting again tonight.
>> thanker for your story tonight.