Post-tornado tourism map reopens wounds: The Joplin Convention & Visitors Bureau in Missouri created a map highlighting areas hit hard by a tornado last year, and it has drawn the anger of residents.
“This is my apartment, this is my car … my heart aches that someone used it without thought of my feelings,” Nancy Cornish posted on Jan. 16 in response to one of the pictures on the map.
“The #5 spot is directly over my apartment. It still makes me feel physically ill when I have to drive past it. It was the first apartment I had all on my own. How dare they send tourists to my home that was stolen from me? This is sickening,” Carolyn J. Lamson wrote Jan. 18.
Photo: An inspirational sign at an intersection in a Joplin, Mo., neighborhood that was destroyed in May by a tornado. Credit: Charlie Riedel / Associated Press
Volunteer Abi Almandinger has been collecting tornado-scattered photos blown for miles by the Joplin, Mo., tornado and posting them on a Facebook page to help their owners find them.
Photo: Abi Almandinger, 38, is collecting personal photos and papers widely scattered during the tornado in Joplin, Mo., and posting them on Facebook to help their owners recover them. Credit: Matt Pearce / For The Times
At least two tornadoes touched down near Chico in Northern California on Wednesday, causing some damage to structures but no injuries.
Photo: Scene in Butte County as tornado hit. Credit: Trenton Workman / For Fox 40
Satellite images of Joplin, Mo., before and after the tornado.
One of a number of homes in Joplin, Mo., lies in ruins after the devastating tornado. View more photos on Framework.
Photo credit: Larry W. Smith / EPA
Kip Tyner made it his mission to revitalize the Alberta neighborhood of Tuscaloosa and became a pillar in the community along the way. Now in the aftermath of the tornadoes, his job is far from finished.
Photo: Tuscaloosa Councilman Kip Tyner talks with a family in Alberta about damage caused by the tornadoes. Tyner was born and raised here, and his new mission is to rebuild the neighborhood. Credit: Michelle Lepianka Carter / Tuscaloosa News
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Storms flatten homes across South, killing at least 82: A wave of severe weather laced with tornadoes kills people in four states. The tornado cut a path of devastation through the city of Tuscaloosa, the home of the University of Alabama. President Obama declared an emergency in the state.
Storms rip through South, at least 43 dead: Emergency crews searched for victims in North Carolina, where 62 tornadoes were reported from the worst spring storm in two decades to hit the state.
Photo: An auto repair shop in Raleigh, N.C., lost its back wall and roof after a tornado ripped through the area. Credit: Robert Willett / The News & Observer