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Photo Gallery: A look back at past tornadoes

5:36 PM, May 21, 2013   |    comments
  • The graphic scene of the way the tragic tornado of Wednesday, March 18th, struck Princeton, Indiana, 1925. All this man had left when the black wind had gone on was his overturned piano, that the wind had been unable to carry away. (Photo by Archive Farms/Getty Images)
  • Lightning from the same storm system that caused the EF-5 tornado. Joplin, Missouri. (Photo by Mike Theiss/National Geographic/Getty Images)
  • Jim and Janet Martin attempt to salvage medication from her brother's home before a second storm moves in on May 23, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. 'Twenty minutes before the storm, he left to go to church. He would have been in that basement if he hadn't gone.' Janet said. A powerful tornado ripped through the densely populated town of Joplin yesterday killing at least 116 people. (Photo by Julie Denesha/Getty Images)
  • Tour Director Brian Morganti documents the changing sky during a Tempest Tours storm chasing tour across the Great Plains states of the United States of America May 28, 2006 outside of Hemmingford, Nebraska, USA. Morganti has been involved in photographing storms for years, and maintains a website which chronicles in words and pictures the storms he sees every year. (Photos by Jeff Hutchens/Getty Images)
  • This photo shows a general view of the path of destruction in Del City, OK, during a flight over the tornado ravaged city 08 May 1999. Forty one people died and more than 500 people were injured in what was classified as an F5 tornado, the most severe type of twister, with winds of more than 250 miles per hour. (Photo by read STEVE JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A tornado strikes the landscape south of Dimmitt, Texas, 02 June 1995. (Photo by HARALD RICHTER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • US President Barack Obama tours tornado damage May 29, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. Victims of a Joplin, Missouri tornado continue to recover as 2011 becomes the deadliest year for tornadoes since 1953. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Much of Joplin, Missouri lays in rubble after a massive tornado passed through the town killing at least 122 people May 24, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. The tornado that ripped through the town of about 50,000 people May 22 is being called the deadliest single tornado in the U.S. in 60 years. (Photo by Benjamin Krain/Getty Images)
  • A damaged window of a home is seen after a massive tornado passed through the town killing at least 126 people on May 26, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. The town continues the process of recovering from the storm which damaged or destroyed an estimated 8,000 structures. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • Armored car courier Josh Beck works on salvaging cash from an ATM which was damaged and tossed approximately 20 feet when a massive tornado passed through the town killing at least 116 people on May 24, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. Authorities were prepared to find more bodies in the town. The tornado that ripped through the town of about 50,000 people May 22, is being called the deadliest single tornado in the U.S. in 60 years. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • A destroyed car is seen after a massive tornado passed through the town killing at least 125 people and injuring around 900 on May 25, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. Authorities were prepared to find more bodies in the town of 50,000 people where around 8,000 structures were damaged or destroyed. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
  • A tornado forms ominously on the outskirts of the Kansas town of Norton, ca.1910s. (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
  • Man sitting in office that was destroyed in tornado in 1947. (Photo by Cornell Capa//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
  • A view of the wreckage of the 1953 Waco tornado. (Photo by John Dominis//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
  • A twisted, bending road sign barely standing after a 1949 tornado. (Photo by Francis Miller//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
  • Bracey Force (R) and his family looking at the damage done by a tornado to their home in 1959. (Photo by Stan Wayman//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
  • A photo postcard featuring a weather event in Omaha, Nebraska, a tornado from March 23, 1913. Made by Olson photo of Plattsmouth Nebraska. (Photo by Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)
  • Workmen searching the wreckage of the Waco tornado for survivors in 1953. (Photo by John Dominis//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
  • Meteorologists mapping weather patterns at the Severe Local Storms Forecast Center in 1956. (Photo by Al Fenn//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
  • Little girl w. her kitten and brother looking on at wreckage after tornado in 1957. (Photo by Grey Villet//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
  • JUN 19 1955; A neighbor helps Mrs. Ed Maier (right), 17, recover some belongings after the tornado Overturned the Maier trailer house. Warned of the Storm's approach, Mrs, Maier and her son, Dennis, 1, had left their trailer only about two minutes before the tornado struck.; (Photo By Dean Conger/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
  • Operation Tornado, citizens helping to rebuild homes destroyed by tornado in 1953. (Photo by John G. Zimmerman//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
  • Meteorology Professor Kenneth Jehn setting up the miniature town in 1955, watching effects of small scale man-made tornado on it. (Photo by Joseph Scherschel//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
    
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Photos of tornadoes and damage caused by them through the years.

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