Disaster In JoplinThe 49,000 residents of Joplin, Missouri, had just minutes to seek cover before a massive tornado struck in May 2011. About a third of the town was destroyed, and residents say it's not the same town anymore.
Disaster In Joplin
A massive tornado struck the small town of Joplin, Missouri in May.
A child's room is seen in a destroyed home after the tornado passed through Joplin on May 26. The city's residents are still coping with losses from the storm, which damaged or destroyed an estimated 8,000 structures.
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Anthony Owens (right) repairs the roof of a tornado-damaged home with James Davis (left) and Dwain Payne on July 30 in Joplin, Mo. All three men came up from Mobile, Ala., looking for work after the May 22 tornado that devastated Joplin, killing 160 people and destroying 7,500 homes and as many as 500 businesses.
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Mark Darrow, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., keeps watch by looking for evidence of tornadoes, heavy winds and damaging hail.