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Weather's Dozen: 2011 Breaks U.S. Billion-Dollar Disaster Record

Joplin Tornadoes

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Joplin Tornadoes

Tornadoes in the Midwest and Southeast between May 22 and 27 killed 177 people and caused more than $9.1 billion in damage. Arguably the most famous was the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., resulting in 158 fatalities. It was the deadliest tornado to strike the U.S. since modern tornado record-keeping began in 1950, according to NOAA.

Here, Janet Martin attempts to salvage medication and mementos from her brother's home before a second storm moves in, on May 23, 2011 in Joplin, Missouri. "Twenty minutes before the storm, he left to go to church. He would have been in that basement if he hadn't gone," Martin said.

Watch more here: Joplin Mayor: 'We Haven't Quite Started Rebuilding Yet'

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