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Ruthless Tornadoes of 2011

Following April's record-smashing tornadoes, which were responsible for searing the devastated city of Tuscaloosa, Alabama into Americans' consciousness, May has brought yet more examples of Mother Nature's capricious power. Yesterday, a massive, violent EF4 tornado temporarily wiped parts of Joplin, Missouri off the map, killing at least 117 people and injuring many more. The Joplin tornado now ranks as the deadliest tornado since 1950.

Here are some impressive photos from recent storms. To read more of Climate Central's coverage, see:

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