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After the storm: Bertie County, N.C., 2011

Tornado at 7 p.m.
Tornado at 7:01 p.m.
Tornado damage, Askewville, 2011
Tornado damage, Askewville, 2011

Tornado, April 2011, a set on Flickr.

A long-track tornado tore through Askewville, N.C., on April 16, killing 12 people. It was part of a single-system tornado outbreak that spawned at least 150 confirmed tornadoes across 14 states.

The first two photos are pictures my parents took from their front porch — a mere 3 miles away from the storm. The following shots were taken two weeks later. This is but a tiny representation of the damage this rural community suffered.

Among the photos I did not have the courage to take: the one of the old woman crying as a backhoe ripped through her home’s roof and tore down the damaged walls; the one of the man tending his garden because there was nothing else left to tend to. Only the rubble that had been moved to road told you that a home had once been there.

Author: Jacqui Barrineau

Jacqui Barrineau is a writer and editor who lives in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with husband Trey, a Shetland Sheepdog, and two unhelpful-but-funny cats. Her work has appeared in "So to Speak" and "Calliope," and she's a regular contributor to the flash-fiction sites Paragraph Planet and Doorknobs & Bodypaint. Once upon a time, she was the audience engagement editor at USA Today. Now she does other fun things that involve advertising, marketing and social media. The views expressed here and in other outlets are hers, not her employers'. Outside of work, she's proud to serve on the Northern Virginia Community College Marketing Advisory Committee. As a committee member, she joins industry leaders in lending their knowledge and expertise to ensure the college's Marketing curriculum is relevant and responsive to the needs of the students and the surrounding business communities.

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