The tragedies that befall others always seem to provide a brutal clarity to our own vulnerabilities. For example, the tornadoes and flooding that have affected so many in the Midwestern part of the United States in the last few weeks have served as a stark reminder that a natural disaster has many degrees of destructive power. Many small tornadoes touched down across the Midwest but caused little damage. However, the tornadoes that struck on two separate dates, destroying parts of Moore, Oklahoma and costing many lives, were huge, powerful, and deadly in the paths they took through heavily populated areas and across major travel routes.
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