And The the Sky Turned an Angry Gray

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Glenn and Lorie had just returned from Walt Disney World in Florida where they had celebrated their 15th anniversary.

Will and his father were driving home from his high school graduation.

Joshua, 1, was at home with his parents and was just starting to walk.

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And then the sky turned an angry gray.

At 5:34 on a Sunday afternoon just east of the Kansas state line, the sun had disappeared, and not just the wind was blowing in the residential subdivisions of southwest Joplin, Missouri. Virtually every house near McClelland Boulevard and 26th Street was flattened, and some were swept away completely. As the funnel of wind tracked eastward and just south of downtown, more houses were flattened or swept away. At some residences, reinforced concrete porches were deformed, or in some cases, completely torn away.

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On South Range Line Road, Christopher, the Pizza Hut assistant manager, had herded four employees and 15 customers into a walk-in freezer. Since the door could not be shut, he wrapped a bungee cable around his arm to hold the door shut until he could hold no more.

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As the winds continued to track eastward, more houses as well as industrial and commercial buildings were flattened. At 6:12 pm, the winds subsided, and the sun had begun to reappear along with the blues of the sky.

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Kayleigh worked as a waitress at Joplin Pizza Hut.

Natalia had just completed her first year at Ozark Christian College.

Zachary, a seventh-grader, was looking forward to his summer vacation so he could spend more time with his family and read more of his favorite books.

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And Then the Sky Turned an Angry Gray

20 x 14 inches | covered with Shizen screen printed paper from India

6 archival inkjet pigment prints on Ilford Gold Fiber Silk | 19 x 13 inches

edition of 3

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