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Tornado leaves behind trail of destruction in Joplin, Mo.

Rescue crews and residents in Joplin, Mo. pick through rubble and assess damage after an EF5 tornado ravaged the town, killing more than 160.

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May 28: Craig Johanning, from DeSoto, Mo., installs communication lines on new power poles as rebuilding begins in a devastated Joplin, Mo. neighborhood.

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May 28: Bonnie Branham looks through a water-soaked Bible as she salvages belongings from her son's devastated apartment in Joplin, Mo.

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May 28: Kim Stuart, from Little River, Ark., and her dog Thunder along with other searchers look for bodies in a devastated Joplin, Mo. neighborhood.

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May 28: Joplin Firefighers, from left, Larin Trenary, Kolby Tucker and Daniel Jobe stand by while a search team looks through a devastated building in Joplin, Mo.

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May 28: A search and rescue team surveys the area from atop the rubble of a destroyed building in Joplin, Mo.

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May 27: A "No Trespassing" sign and a Teddy bear warn off looters from the remains of a tornado victim's home in Joplin, Mo.

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May 27: Haily Judd carries salvaged belongings from her grandfather's devastated apartment in Joplin, Mo.

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May 27: Four-year-old Griffan Keller clutches onto a Teddy bear and his father, Travis Keller, as they listening to Joplin, Mo., City Manager Mark Rohr outside the American Red Cross shelter at Missouri Southern State University's Leggett & Platt Athletic Center. The Kellers lost their home, formerly located at 2601 S. Virginia Ave., during Sunday's tornado.

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May 26: A temporary street sign is seen in front of a destroyed home in Joplin, Mo.

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May 27: A picture hangs on the last remaining wall of a devastated Joplin, Mo. home. An EF-5 tornado tore through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes.

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May 27: Damien Deboard lies in bed playing with a balloon animal at a Red Cross shelter in Joplin, Mo. Deboard's arm broke in Sunday's deadly tornado. 

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May 26: A destroyed Wal Mart is seen in the foreground with Saint John's Hospital in the distance in Joplin, Mo. 

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May 27: Kerry Roberts removes a tattered flag from a pole so he can fold and destroy it in a devastated Joplin, Mo.

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May 26: Ginger Slaybaugh, left, works removing debris in the destroyed home of Kinsie Sexton in Joplin, Mo. 

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May 26: Volunteers stop to look at debris as they walk to their work site in Joplin, Mo. A tornado tore through much of the city Sunday, wiping out neighborhoods and killing at least 123 people.  (AP)

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May 26: A search and rescue team looks for victims at a devastated apartment complex in Joplin, Mo. An EF-5 tornado tore through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 125 people. (AP) 

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May 26: Sally Adams holds her cat Callie after she was found in her devastated Joplin, Mo. home. An EF-5 tornado tore through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 125. (AP)

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May 24: Family and friends of a tornado victim clean-up and sort through debris at a mobile home where one death occured during a Tuesday, May 24, 2011 tornado in Chickasha, Okla. More than a dozen people died in the latest round of violent weather. (AP)

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May 25: Shelley Henderson, left, is helped by family and friends as she and her mother, Shirley Howard, right, search for keepsakes from her home, destroyed after Tuesday's tornado which hit the town of Chickasha, Okla.

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May 26: A flag files at half staff over devastated Joplin High School in Joplin, Mo. An EF-5 tornado tore through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 125 people.

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May 26: Matt Sowders hands a family video to a relative after it was recovered in a home that was heavily damaged by a severe storm in Bedford, Ind. Dozens of people were injured, mobile homes were flipped and roofs were torn off houses when tornadoes and thunderstorms hit Indiana, Illinois, Missouri and other states Wednesday evening.

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May 25: Doug Edwards carries family photos as they search for keepsakes from his in-laws' home, destroyed after Tuesday's tornado which hit the town of Chickasha, Okla. 

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May 24: A house is left as a pile of rubble after being destroyed by a tornado west of El Reno, Okla. The high-powered storms arrived Tuesday night and early Wednesday, just days after a massive tornado tore up the southwest Missouri city of Joplin.

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May 24: Harley Voyager salvages items from the home of Jeremy and Crystal Sullins after a massive tornado destroyed the double-wide trailer home northwest of Longdale, Okla. The Sullins' family was returning home after a trip to Oklahoma City, and was not injured. 

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May 24: This photo provided by Shelby Barrow shows a tornado near Chickasha, Okla. A line of violent thunderstorms roared across middle America on Tuesday, killing six people in two states, with several tornadoes touching down in Oklahoma and high winds pounding rural Kansas.

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May 24: Martha Gaines looks at what is left of her home after a tornado ripped through the Falcon Lake area of Piedmont, Okla. Several tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon, the largest one striking El Reno, west of Oklahoma City, and continuing to the northeast, the National Weather Service said.

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May 24: Splinter trees in the yard of Tom Chronister's home are silhouetted after being destroyed north of El Reno, Okla. 

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May 24: Martha Gaines looks at what is left of her home after a tornado ripped through the Falcon Lake area of Piedmont, Okla.

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May 24: Truck driver Armando Castillo looks at his damaged semi truck after a tornado the swept him off of I-40 west of El Reno, Okla. The high-powered storms arrived Tuesday night and early Wednesday, just days after a massive tornado tore up the southwest Missouri city of Joplin. (AP/The Oklahoman)

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May 24: A torn and muddied American flag flies as employees of a boiler company search through the wreckage of their office on the east side of Joplin, Mo. 

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May 24: A volunteer looks for survivors in the rubble of a home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Mo. 

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May 24: Members of Missouri Task Force One search-and-rescue team search a tornado-damaged Home Depot store in Joplin , Mo. A large tornado moved through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses.

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May 24: A sign ripped from a market is seen after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Mo. A monster tornado killed at least 116 people in Joplin, when it tore through the heart of the small Midwestern city, ripping the roof off a hospital and destroying thousands of homes and businesses.

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May 24: Alicia Gordon reacts to seeing her destroyed home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Mo. 

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Kyle Gordon pauses while looking through his destroyed home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Mo.

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May 24: Residents look at an acoustic guitar while searching through the wreckage of their third-floor apartment on the east side of Joplin, Mo.

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May 24: A neighborhood destroyed by a powerful tornado on Sunday is seen in Joplin, Mo. 

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May 24: Brent Koeninger, with Oklahoma Task Force One search-and-rescue, and his search dog Huck comb through debris looking for victims.

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May 23: A cross stands atop a church that was severely damaged by a tornado in Joplin, Mo., as a severe storm passes overhead.

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May 23: Mark Langford searches for his belongings throughout the debris after his home was destroyed when a tornado hit Joplin, Mo. 

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May 23: People walk through a demolished neighborhood the day after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Mo.

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May 23: A shelf cloud containing a thunderstorm approaches a tornado-ravaged neighborhood in Joplin, Mo. A large tornado moved through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital, hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 89 people.

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May 23: Delma Boyd of Joplin, Mo., right, talks with medical technician Angela O' Leary of Purdy, Mo., in a temporary American Red Cross shelter at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo. Boyd was staying in the shelter after her home was heavily damaged by a destructive tornado.

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May 23: Lynn Mosley carefully steps over downed power lines in north Minneapolis, the morning after Sunday's tornado. The tornado ripped a nearly five-mile path from suburban St. Louis Park, where it hit a condo complex and two businesses, through north Minneapolis, tearing roofs off houses, toppling huge trees and power lines and knocking over rail cars in the northern suburb of Fridley.

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May 23: Piles of debris could been seen across Joplin, Mo., after the city was slammed by violent storms on Sunday. 

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May 23: Powerful tornados cut right through Joplin, Mo., Sunday night. Rescue workers spent Monday trying find and victims unaccounted for.

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May 22: Smoke rises in the distance as vehicles drive along a road in Joplin, Mo., after a tornado hit the town. 

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May 23: Ted Grabenauer looks at the damage in his brother's home after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Mo. 

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May 23: A crushed car is cleared from the street by a heavy duty equipment operator after a devastating tornado hit Joplin, Mo. Search teams bathed in the harsh glow of floodlights early on Monday picked through rubble of neighborhoods and commercial districts demolished by the tornado.

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May 22: A man smokes in front of a damaged home in Joplin, Mo., after a tornado hit the town. Tornadoes tore through parts of the U.S. Midwest on Sunday, killing at least 30 people in the Missouri town of Joplin.

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May 22: A damaged vehicle is seen on Rangeline road in Joplin, Mo., after a tornado hit the town. 

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May 22: A tractor trailer is tipped over on Interstate 44 near Joplin, Mo., after the town was hit by a tornado.

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May 22: People walk down a street after a tornado swept through north Minneapolis. At least one person died when a tornado hit Minneapolis on Sunday, damaging scores of homes, toppling hundreds of trees and leaving 18 people with minor injuries.

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May 22: Residents of Joplin, Mo, help a woman who survived in her basement after a tornado hit the city. The tornado tore a path a mile wide and four miles long destroying homes and businesses.

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May 22: An emergency worker searches through damaged cars along Range Line Road in Joplin, Mo. in Joplin, Mo. after a tornado struck the city on Sunday evening.

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May 22: Residents of Joplin, Mo, walk west on 26th Street near Maiden Lane after a tornado hit the southwest Missouri city on Sunday evening.

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May 22: An emergency worker searches a Walmart store that was severely damaged by a tornado in Joplin, Mo.. A large tornado moved through much of the city, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses.

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May 22: A man carries a young boy who was rescued after being trapped in his home after a tornado hit Joplin, Mo. on Sunday evening.

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May 22: Residents begin digging through the rubble of their home after it was destroyed by a tornado that hit Joplin, Mo. on Sunday evening.

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May 22: An emergency worker carries a girl to safety from the remains of Academy Sports in Joplin, Mo. after a tornado struck the city on Sunday evening.

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May 22: Emergency vehicles line up along northbound Rangeline Road in Joplin, Mo. after a tornado swept through the city in Joplin, Mo. on Sunday evening.

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May 22: Damage to cars and homes is shown after a tornado hit northern Minneapolis. Officials said at least one tornado has hit the city of Minneapolis, causing significant damage.

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May 22: A tree knocked over by a tornado rests on a car in northern Minneapolis. Officials said at least one tornado has hit the city of Minneapolis, causing significant damage.

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May 22: Donna Samrith, right and her brother Randy Samrith walk through the neighborhood on Knox Ave. in Minneapolis to check out the damage after a tornado touched down in a northern, residential part of the city. 

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May 22: Damage is shown after a tornado hit northern Minneapolis. At least one tornado hit Minneapolis, damaging scores of homes and toppling hundreds of trees.

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May 25: Family and friends of a tornado victim clean-up and sort through debris at a mobile home where one death occured during a Tuesday May 24, 2011 tornado in Chickasha, Okla

Tornado leaves behind trail of destruction in Joplin, Mo.

Rescue crews and residents in Joplin, Mo. pick through rubble and assess damage after an EF5 tornado ravaged the town, killing more than 160.

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