American Libraries recently published an update of the public libraries damaged by tornadoes in April. Below is a quote from the article. Click on this URL to read the entire article: http://americanlibrariesmagazine.org/news/05042011/tornados-rip-apart-several-libraries-south.
Although the Tuscaloosa Public Library escaped the storm, six staff members lost their homes. The day after the tornado, area residents swamped the branches in search of internet access, electricity for their mobile devices, and an oasis of calm. “For most,TPL was the only means of communication to family and friends after the storm. Plus, we were a place of normalcy and comfort after the pain of the storms,” Public Relations Coordinator Vince Bellofatto told AL.
I found this site today, WebProNews, at http://www.webpronews.com/google-maps-joplin-tornado-2011-05, which contains Google maps showing the path of the monster tornado that shredded much of Joplin, MO earlier this week, as well as videos showing the development and movement of the storm from satellite, and from a helicopter just after the storm had dissipated. Especially, be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to see an unreal, but real, before-and-after of a residential neighborhood there.
We are all heartsick to hear about the catastrophic tornado damage that occurred in Joplin, MO last night, as well as in other areas of the Midwest. See the New York Times story about Joplin here: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/24/us/24tornado.html?_r=1&hp. It gives better information than some other sources, particularly about St. John’s Regional Hospital in Joplin, which sustained a direct hit, and mentions near the end of the story that nurses who had been on the sixth floor when the tornado warning was announced, immediately began the appropriate response procedures. Sources say that the tornado was “rain wrapped,” which made it difficult or impossible to see.
Click on the link below to view an interesting video of April’s tornado outbreak from the NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory:
Also, click on this map to see a visual representation of tornado activity in the US from 1950-2010: