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.