A cross stood atop a church that was severely damaged by a tornado Sunday in Joplin, Mo., as a severe storm passed overhead earlier today (May 23, 2011). Charlie Riedel/AP hide caption

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Homeowner Marilyn Latham stood in the wreckage of her devastated home in the Alberta City community of Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday (May 7, 2011). Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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Residents survey the destruction after a tornado hit Pratt City, Ala. just north of downtown Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. Butch Dill/AP hide caption

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