Volunteer firefighter Jason Collard at a wildfire in Strawn, Texas, in April.
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September 13, 2011 It's very unusual for so many disasters to have hit so many states in a single year. The only ones not on the list: Michigan and South Carolina.
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).
May 23, 2011 They can devastate whole towns and cities, as happened in Joplin, Mo. But tornadoes aren't massive weather events that can be forecast far in advance, like hurricanes. Forecasters can warn a day or two ahead about dangerous conditions, though.
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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).
May 9, 2011 After several hundred tornado-related deaths in recent weeks across Alabama and other parts of the South and with historic flooding now happening along parts of the Mississippi River, that isn't the news anyone wants to hear.
Tornado wreckage in the Alberta City neighborhood of Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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May 2, 2011 The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimates that more than 300 tornadoes killed more than 340 people over two days in late April.
In Tuscaloosa, Ala., on Saturday, LaTia Cobbs sat in the rubble of her destroyed home.
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May 1, 2011 How can you help? For those who want to assist from afar, the National Donations Management Network has an online list of organizations that assist in disaster relief.
April 28, 2011 A satellite camera caught the action as the storms built and then roared across the South.
April 28, 2011 President Obama plans his second presidential visit to Alabama Friday. This time he will view firsthand the widespread tornado damage in the state. Last year, he visited in the state's Gulf Coast in the wake of the BP oil spill. His visits to political red states tend to happen after tragedies.
April 28, 2011 The National Weather Service's Storm Reports page tells a lot about how far-reaching the severe weather, which left at least 200 people dead, was on Wednesday.
April 28, 2011 More than 200 people are dead because of severe weather striking the South and Mid-Atlantic U.S. Most of the fatalities are in Alabama.
April 28, 2011 Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has posted a video in which he warns that "today, we're going to see more severe weather." So, he says, "have a safe place to go and act quickly" if a tornado is near.
Residents survey the destruction after a tornado hit Pratt City, Ala. just north of downtown Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
April 28, 2011 "You're talking about whole neighborhoods of housing just completely gone. Churches, gone. Businesses, gone. I'm not talking about just roofs being blown off, but just completely gone," says Mayor William Bell. Dozens of deaths have been reported.
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April 28, 2011 The strength of the tornadoes that have swept across much of the South in the past few days, killing at least 178 people as they tore through, is all too terrifyingly clear in the eyewitness videos starting to appear on the Web.
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Residents survey wreckage in Pratt City, Ala. just north of downtown Birmingham, on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
April 28, 2011 Severe storms and tornadoes killed scores of people in southern states on Wednesday and early Thursday; Britain revoked the royal wedding invitation for Syria's ambassador; 1st quarter GDP results released today.
April 27, 2011 The National Weather Service has issued a rare storm warning, saying the Midwest and South are at risk of deadly tornadoes today. April, 2011 could set a record for tornado activity.
Jason Mauch, center, carried a basket of belonging from his destroyed house in Mapleton, Iowa, on Sunday (April 10, 2011).
April 11, 2011 While about half of Mapleton was turned into rubble, no one in the town of 1,200 was killed. And the only injury reported so far: One person suffered a broken leg.
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