Jacksonville Tornado

Photojournalists in the South witness a lot of natural disaster in the form of tornadoes. After the April 2011 storms that devastated Tuscaloosa, no one here wants to take any chances. Some would say as a result of that mindset the tendency is to overreact at the mere hint of a strong storm, but it’s not unwarranted.

In March this year another series of tornadoes touched down in East Alabama. Jacksonville State University, the surrounding neighborhoods, and some of the small communities just outside the city, like Angel and Hollingsworth, were devastated. Covering the disaster was difficult. Some people lost everything, but it was an honor to tell their stories of survival.


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James McConatha

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