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Sunday July 3, 2011

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Caption: My husband and I were visiting my parents in Birmingham, Alabama. We decided to take a day trip to Tuscaloosa to see the damage from the April 27 tornado. It was a sight that I will never forget. Blocks and blocks of flattened houses and stores. This area has not been touched in 2 months. It was so moving that I started to cry thinking of all these poor people.

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27. SunsetFL
10:56 PM GMT on July 10, 2011
Linda, an exceptional job of capturing this tragic and sad scenario.
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26. stoneygirl
5:03 PM GMT on July 10, 2011
Linda, crying is exactly what I did as I viewed the damage here in Mass. It's so powerful and so devastating to look at such utter destruction. I cried when I saw clothing hanging from trees and children's toys all over. Houses left with just the foundation and knowing that someone was killed in a house I looked at. Just one of the most powerful experiences of my life. I am very blessed that the tornado lifted before it got to my house. It's very humbling.
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25. Doesiedoats
3:00 PM GMT on July 10, 2011
Your empathy for those folks is totally justified. Nature doesn't care. It is one of those things that no can do anything about, except pay attention to any warning signs.

Congratulations on the AC and a fine job of showing us what can happen in the blink of an eye.
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24. gilg72
4:42 AM GMT on July 10, 2011
Thank you for this Heart breaking series. Have not forgotten it, but good to have some reminders. This is so sad to see these terrible devastation.
Congratulations on this AC.
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23. miamilady
3:01 PM GMT on July 09, 2011
Such a tragic situation. So reminiscent of Hurricane Andrew down here, though I believe these tornadoes were even more devastating. A very moving photo.
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22. Dawnlisa
2:54 PM GMT on July 09, 2011
Well deserved AC - tragic shot. Once the disaster passes the press ignore it and we forget it. The locals don't!
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21. Faasai
3:27 AM GMT on July 09, 2011
Congratulations an a well deserved AC!
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20. rosyflowers
4:09 PM GMT on July 08, 2011
good photo...horrible tragedy!!thanks !!
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19. dixiedaughter
3:42 PM GMT on July 08, 2011
Still so heartbreaking, great shot Linda, congratulations!
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18. KYNE
3:10 PM GMT on July 08, 2011
Thanks for posting Linda, tragic indeed.
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17. Danube
9:14 AM GMT on July 08, 2011
Congratulations on your AC and VIP photo!!!!!
It is relevant emotionally, too.
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16. lorik
3:47 AM GMT on July 08, 2011
i can't talk,
Thank You for sharing!
CONGRATULATIONS!
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15. teach50
1:45 AM GMT on July 08, 2011
Thank you everyone for your comments. It is just beyond words to describe what we saw. Hopefully, in time this area will be rebuilt.
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14. StephH
1:42 AM GMT on July 08, 2011
That is so sad. :( Thank you for sharing this shot and others.
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13. kippic
12:38 AM GMT on July 08, 2011
Wow, I can just imagine how that must feel seeing it in person, it is quite disturbing just to see photos of that destruction.
Incredible photos.
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12. sillygal
12:20 AM GMT on July 08, 2011
Oh my,Congrats
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11. ichbinhier
8:40 PM GMT on July 07, 2011
Thanks for reminding us of the horrible tragedy!!!
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10. llpj04
6:41 PM GMT on July 07, 2011
Such a sad, tragic side to our weather
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9. tomekandjola
6:35 PM GMT on July 07, 2011
Such a moving image, thinking about all this tragedy, disaster, helplessness. Thank you for posting it, Linda. Great and deserved AC.
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8. Rescued77
5:23 PM GMT on July 07, 2011
Thanks for keeping us mindful- it's past news for us but for the folks who went through it it's ongoing!
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7. suzi46
2:49 PM GMT on July 07, 2011
makes one wonder what WE would do in a similar situation..how do you function having lost EVERYTHING! where do you sleep..bathe..eat..dress (all your clothes are gone)..work..go to school..and just plain LIVE! this is such a moving shot Linda, I am almost in tears just looking at it!..and with the attention spans of people in today's world, you wonder what will have been done 6 MONTHS from now..terrific AC..thankyou for posting!
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6. Wanderoo
2:21 PM GMT on July 07, 2011
Heartbreaking scene. I saw the devastation in the 9th ward of New Orleans, and a few years later saw a few of the homes that Brad Pitt's organization had built. Some homeowners had moved in & were thrilled to be back. Hopefully, some philanthropist might challenge architects around the world to figure out what kind of housing might withstand a fierce tornado and rebuild in Tuscaloosa. In the meantime, a clean-up and a Memorial would be a good idea and show some sympathy for the losses of these residents.
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5. SVLover
1:35 PM GMT on July 07, 2011
OMG, very moving shot, Linda.
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4. Ralfo
1:23 PM GMT on July 07, 2011
Oh! WOW! Unbelievable! Congratulations on AC.
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3. jerseyshoretoo
11:11 AM GMT on July 07, 2011
Wow Linda, this is a great capture of such utter devastation!
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2. idzrvit
2:18 AM GMT on July 07, 2011
Wow! Nice capture of this tragic event. It's much worse being on site than seeing it on the television.
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1. tamcat
1:58 AM GMT on July 07, 2011
Effective shot. -kevin :)

Congrats on the AC! I am still at a loss for words to express the impression this shot has on me. Thanks for sharing this shot.
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