From the ABC 7 Weather team

Take a ride through Joplin, Mo., before and after the tornado

July 13, 2011 - 12:20 PM
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Footage shot from a car driving through Joplin last week and in August shows the brutal, hard-to-heal damage inflicted by an EF-5 tornado.

Boy, the sky these days sure looks bigger in Joplin, Mo. That exterior renovation, in which many of the town’s trees and 159 souls were removed, comes courtesy of a multivortex EF-5 tornado that visited on May 22. Think Joplin is far along the road to recovery by now? This video might make you reconsider.

The upper slice of the screen shows footage recorded on a drive-through of Joplin’s 20th Street in August. It’s a verdant, pleasant Southern scene. Below that is a horrorscape of imploded houses and denuded trunks recorded just last week, on July 8. The destruction just goes on, and on, and on.

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