As area students deal with the heat, students in Joplin, Mo., returned to school after a massive, slow-moving tornado cut a path 13 miles long and nearly a mile wide through the city three months ago. It’s been 88 days since news crews from “ABC World News Tonight” covered the devastation and on Thursday, they returned for a progress report on this southwest Missouri community. After the twister, residents couldn’t identify streets or neighborhoods and now use crumpled foundations as landmarks. Their report included a Rowland Avenue boy named Augie who survived a hit from a flying toilet because he was wearing a helmet. Donations from around the country and the world provided Joplin students with new backpacks, each with a laptop computer inside.
Fastcast: Heat advisory.
A 30 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m. Partly sunny and hot. High near 96. Heat index values as high as 107. Southerly winds 5 mph. Tonight: Mostly cloudy, low about 75. Southerly winds 5 mph.