Killer tornadoes: 2 Resilient Cities 1 Year Later in Joplin and Tuscaloosa
April 30, 2012
Here is what you do after a massive tornado slashes the heart of your city, killing scores of citizens, wiping away landmarks of a lifetime.
You rethink everything.
A year ago, a record-setting outbreak of 343 tornadoes tore through seven states in three days, killing 316 on April 27 alone, including 253 in Alabama. Fifty-three of those were in Tuscaloosa. Less than a month later, one of the strongest tornadoes on record flattened much of Joplin, Mo., killing 161 people.