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A state of emergency
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"Alabama took the hardest hit by far. As of early Friday morning, CNN reported that 228 people in 19 counties had died in Alabama. A state of emergency was declared by the president shortly after the storms raged through."

Behind me while taking this shot Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) workmen were doing what could be done with several of these pylons that had been turned into crumpled twisted piles of metal laying on the ground. They are much much bigger than they look. Over 400,000 people and businesses in three near by cities have no electricity. Dusk to dawn curfew is in effect to prevent crime.

On the 27th day of April 2011 a 1.25 mile wide F5 tornado with winds in excess of 200 mph cut its way through my area leaving a 90 mile long path of utter destruction. I lost nothing, I suffered no loss. Four miles away homes were obliterated, people died. It has not been a good time for any one.

Some video of My town.

Edit Tues. May 10:
I have updated the facts above as they have become known to me.

Much good has been done among the people in need by many many volunteers. Food and water has been plentiful for those in need and the amount of volunteer effort has been outstanding. The initial emergency has passed, but the healing and rebuilding is only just beginning. This is going to take some time.


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05/02/11 12:34 AM GMT
My prayers are with anyone in these states hit by these terrible tornados.
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05/02/11 4:19 PM GMT
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05/02/11 6:09 PM GMT
Prayers for all who have sufferd .................

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05/03/11 2:20 AM GMT
Eerily beautiful, knowing what has transpired.

Nicely composed and you handled the technical challenges exceedingly well.

Not particularly applicable to your photo here, David, however ... informative. Or, at least I found it to be and concise as well.

Using the Photoshop Curves Tool - "Transition of Clipped Highlights" ... courtesy of

(/\ About two-thirds down the page, rollover with your mouse to see the results.)

Here is David's other shot, that more clearly shows the damage to these structures:

"Iron Men Down"

Scary.. stuff.

Thanks for sharing both of these images with us, David.
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05/03/11 3:39 AM GMT
David, I see these structures every day. They are massive and look like they could withstand anything. Throw a little of Mother Nature's wrath at them, and they wither and shrivel. This is a beautiful looking sunset, but your narrative is very powerful and a shicking reminder of just how tiny and fragile we are.

I lived in the only house that survived the Tassajara fire of 10+ years ago. For miles around the white colonial home was surrounded by charred forest and burned homes. I drove passed the area on Saturday. The forest is green again, but there are still dead trees standing amongst the greenery. It's a weird feeling looking at the charred remains of your neighbor's home.

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05/04/11 1:12 AM GMT
**Was an.. amazing transformation ... accomplished by employing an HDR treatment.

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05/05/11 2:23 AM GMT
it was humbling. we were less than 2 miles from this... houses on our road and 2 to 3 streets to the east of us are just gone! A church close to us is gone... we had THE EF-5 of the day go through here!!!
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05/05/11 2:19 PM GMT
Nature's destruction can leave gaping wounds. Happy to know that you're safe. My prayers are for those who suffered from this fury.

Very good use of HDR and I love the rich colours of the sky.
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05/11/11 3:44 AM GMT
Tragically beautiful. My prayers go out to those who have been impacted.
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08/07/11 3:30 AM GMT
I missed this one somehow, David. That's quite a sky. So vibrant. I identified with this right away because of the tornados that struck here in MA on June 1st and missed me by about five miles, but the destruction left in its wake caused me to cry every time I passed it by and I knew the people affected would be dealing with the clean up and aftermath of it for years. These kinds of images with a story are very moving.
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