Nature has not been kind to the eastern half of the United States this year. Severe weather has caused massive flooding, extensive property damage and a staggering death toll.
We’ve all seen the images of the aftermath: the indescribable scenes of flattened neighborhoods, cars piled one on top of another, and people digging through the rubble hoping to salvage a memory or two of life before the storm.
This video does not show the devastation. Instead, it shows the power and the fury of an F4 tornado. As you watch, remember that the part of the tornado that is on the ground is about 3/4 of a mile across.
A lot of people are in need of shelter, clothing, and especially fresh water. You can help. The following organizations are helping the people of Joplin, and other areas of the US hard hit by natural disasters.
Update: Although it’s been months since numerous devastating tornadoes pounded the eastern states, the people who lost everything in these storms can still use a hand. Please consider making a donation today.
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Images from Joplin, and other areas torn apart during nature’s rampage, found their way into our homes via internet and TV. Our lives were touched, whether or not we had a connection to those areas. This is history, our history, and this book chronicles both the devastation in Joplin and the stories of those who lived it.
At 5:41 p.m. May 22, 2011, the deadliest single tornado to hit the United States in 50 years tore its way through Joplin, Missouri. By the time it completed its murderous course, 160 lives were lost, and those who survived have stories they can tell for the rest of their lives. Two veteran southwest Missouri reporters, Randy Turner and John Hacker, share some of those stories in 5:41…
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