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Before and after the storm hit

The neighborhood along E 24th Street in Joplin, Mo., looks as if a giant rake had come along and scraped away all the homes and trees, leaving behind piles of rubble. The photo, above, shows what the area, looking east near Grand Avenue, looked like before the deadly storm tore through. At right is an image made by Aaron Furhman, a 36-year-old businessman from New Florence, Mo., of the same area after the storm. After hearing reports of the tornado in Joplin, Furhman and his brother-in-law drove across the state to see the damage. They arrived shortly before the sun rose Monday. Furhman told the St. Petersburg Times on Tuesday that as he stood on 24th Street, residents asked, "Where are we standing?'' He shared the map on his smart phone and one woman said sadly, "My house was a block that way.'' Furhman said the destruction boggled his mind. "I watched residents walk away from their ruined homes with only one item. There was nothing left to salvage,'' he said. To see more of Furhman's images from Joplin, go to links.tampabay.com.

Before and after the storm hit 05/24/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 9:53pm]
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