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Tuesday, September 27, 2011
People pick through the debris in the wreckage of homes damaged by a tornado in Sedalia, Mo., in May, 2011. (AP)

Is it possible to prepare for disaster? Writer Jason Daley has some advice on how to be ready for everything from a tornado to a plague.

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Monday, August 29, 2011
In this photo provided by Sarah Jones, a supermarket parking lot is flooded with rain water from Tropical Storm Irene in Bennington, Vt. (AP)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency is now suspending projects in tornado-damaged areas to pay for relief efforts for Hurricane Irene.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Eddie Ray Roberts, superintendent of the city's waste and water department is shown walking on the dried bed of Lake E.V. Spence in Robert Lee, Texas. (AP)

The drought in Texas is expected to extend into next year. In Somalia, 29,000 children have died of thirst and famine as a result of a record drought.

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Friday, August 5, 2011
The dam and flood gate are seen at rear out of the cracked bed of O.C. Fisher Lake at San Angelo State park which once spanned 5400 acres. (AP)

Texas saw another day of triple digit temps Friday– with no relief in sight.

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Friday, June 10, 2011
This frame grab from video shows a massive tornado on May 22, 2011, outside Joplin, Mo.  The tornado tore a 6-mile path across southwestern Missouri killing at least 89 people. (AP/tornadovideo.net)

From floods to blizzards to wildfires, droughts and tornadoes, 2011 has seen some of the most extreme weather in decades. What’s fueling Mother Nature’s fury and can climate change alone explain the reason we are seeing more devastating and destructive storms?

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Thursday, June 2, 2011
Bricks and debris that fell from a building lay on top of cars after tornado in Springfield, Mass., Wednesday. (AP)

Residents of more than a dozen communities in central and western Massachusetts woke up to widespread destruction Thursday, after devastating tornadoes ripped through the state Wednesday, killing at least three people, snapping trees and crushing buildings.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Felicia Boston shields her eyes against the sun outside a tent where a friend has lived since his home was destroyed by a tornado in Cordova, Ala. The city has banned the type of trailers FEMA is providing as temporary housing, prompting outrage among residents who call the decision heartless. (AP)

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is grappling with a string of natural disasters across the country. What is the agency doing to avoid the kinds of mistakes that plagued it in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina?

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
A car sits in what used to be the garage of a brick home in Piedmont, Okla., following a tornado, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. (AP)

The tornado threat is expected to be highest today in eastern Arkansas, central and eastern Missouri, central and southern Illinois, and western Kentucky and Tennessee, following deadly tornadoes in the area yesterday and Sunday.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
A flagman walks down a street as workers begin to remove debris from areas hard hit when a tornado ripped through McDonald's Chapel last Wednesday in McDonald's Chapel, Ala. (AP)

Residents in the South affected by last month’s historic tornadoes are out again today salvaging what they can of their belongings after a spell of rain and cold.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Robert Rapley examines a family wedding album that he salvaged from the remains of his home in Forestedale, AL. (AP)

We speak with one woman who is using Facebook to help families get back their mementos, lost in last month’s tornadoes.

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Friday, April 29, 2011
Mark Plunkett, left, with the help of Allen Southerland, right, find some of his wife's clothing in the debris of his Phil Campbell home Thursday. (AP)

President Barack Obama traveled to Alabama to get a firsthand look at the devastation caused by this week’s tornadoes. We get an update on the recovery and speak to an E.R. doctor in one of the worst hit towns, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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Thursday, April 28, 2011
Concrete steps lead to tornado demolished mobile home in Preston, Miss., Wednesday. The home and one next to it were blown about 100 feet away into a cow pasture. Three related women died at the site of the two homes. Several tornadoes hit in the state resulting in number of deaths. (AP)

The death toll has topped 200, after a series of tornadoes swept across five southern states. More than 120 people were killed in Alabama alone. The city of Tuscaloosa was especially hard hit, with more than a dozen fatalities. Learn how you can help and watch video from the storms.

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Monday, March 21, 2011
Tornado Researcher Josh Wurman with the Doppler on Wheels. (Josh Wurman)

The new IMAX film “Tornado Alley” follows those who attempt to photograph tornadoes up close, and the researchers who study the phenomena. We speak to researcher Josh Wurman, who invented the Doppler on Wheels, and has logged over 100,000 miles following tornadoes.

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