Officials say death toll from Mo. tornado now 138

June 2, 2011 - 2:57 PM
Joplin Tornado

In this May 24, 2011 satellite image provided by provided by GeoEye Satellite Imagery, the path of a tornado is shown in Joplin, Mo. The Missouri Department of Public Safety said the confirmed death toll of 134 includes 124 people who had been on the unaccounted-for list, seven people who were taken immediately to funeral homes after the storm, and three people who have since died in the hospital from their injuries. More than 8,000 homes and apartments, and more than 500 commercial properties, were damaged or destroyed in the tornado. (AP Photo/GeoEye Satellite Imagery)

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials say the death toll from the massive May 22 Joplin tornado has risen to 138 people.

The state Department of Public Safety announced the increase from 134 to 138 on Thursday after confirming that four more people died in hospitals of injuries suffered in deadliest single U.S. tornado since 1950.

More than 8,000 homes and apartments, and more than 500 commercial properties, were damaged or destroyed when the twister ripped through more than six miles of the southwest Missouri town.

Officials say everyone reported missing after the tornado hit has either been located or confirmed to have died. Some remain hospitalized.