2011 now deadliest year for tornadoes since 1950

A message is nailed to a tree on Friday, May 27, 2011, in Joplin, Mo. A tornado tore through much of Joplin Sunday. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

May 28, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
The death toll from the monster tornado last week in Missouri has risen by three to at least 142, Joplin City Manager Mark Rohr said during a news conference Saturday. That makes this the deadliest year for tornadoes since 1950, based on an assessment of figures from the National Weather Service.