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Residents begin digging through the rubble of their home. (AP Photo/Mike Gullett) Joplin Tornado May 22, 2011

A man walks past destroyed vehicles in the parking lot of the Joplin Regional Medical Center. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein) Joplin Tornado May 22, 2011

2015 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest, Part II

A tornado spawned in the grassland of the Colorado Palmer Divide on June 4, 2015. Zigzagging down desolate country roads to get a closer look, I saw a small structure in the distance. As luck would have it the road came to a sharp turn at the front of this abandoned building. Even with lightning flashing nearby I knew I had to seize the photo opportunity of a lifetime. With adrenaline pumping I climbed atop of my truck to capture this incredible scene.

Tornadoes sweep across North Texas. HD Chopper 8 captured this amazing image of large semi-trucks and tractor trailers being thrown through the air by a tornado near Lancaster, TX, Tuesday (04/03/12) afternoon.

Hail Streaks Colorado Sky in Stunning Display

Streaks of hail falling from the clouds created some amazing images in Colorado.