While at work yesterday I tried to keep an eye on the huge swath of storms that were sweeping across the South and Midwest. I had dozens of friends and family in the path of the storms and I hoped they were safe. Everyone I know made it through unscathed but dozens of people were killed in the storms and many more have home to rebuild.
Photographers all over the country did their best to capture the devastation and I wanted to share some of their images. I’ve covered tornadoes myself and the damage can sometimes seem too vast to capture through a lens. It can quickly get overwhelming. I think the key is to try and find the human moments that can bring a giant event into focus.
Jerry Vonderhaar, left, comforts Charles Kellogg after severe weather hit the Eagle Point subdivision in Limestone County, Ala. on Friday, March 2, 2012. A reported tornado destroyed several houses in northern Alabama as storms threatened more twisters across the region Friday (AP Photo/The Decatur Daily, Jeronimo Nisa)
A school bus is pushed through the front of a building after a tornado swept through Henryville, Ind., Friday March 2, 2012. The storm was part of a system that brought high winds and heavy rain to parts of Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee. (AP Photo/Philip Scott Andrews)
Sandy Ryan, holds her granddaughter, Maci Becraft, in Metro Piner, Ky., after a tornado swept through the area Friday, March, 2, 2012. The front of Becraft's house was destroyed due to the tornado and Ryan is attempting to locate other Becraft family members. Powerful storms stretching from the U.S. Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes in the north wrecked two small towns, killed over a dozen, and bred anxiety across a wide swath of the country on Friday, in the second deadly tornado outbreak this week. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Carrie Cochran)
Donna Sebastian stands amidst the rubble of her home on Carlisle Road Friday, March 2, 2012 in Boone County, Ky. Powerful storms stretching from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes flattened buildings in several states, wrecked two Indiana towns and bred anxiety across a wide swath of the country in the second powerful tornado outbreak this week. (AP Photo/The Cincinnati Enquirer, Patrick Reddy)