Photographic destruction after a tornado in the U.S.

Stairs and bed — all that remains of a mobile home in Chapel Bunce, Alabama. (AP Photo / Montgomery Advertiser, Amanda Sowards)

Powerful storms that started in Oklahoma last Thursday, swept the weekend at the Southern U.S., creating nearly 250 tornadoes, destroying thousands of structures and causing 45 deaths in six states. Most went to North Carolina — it hit 60 tornadoes, one of which destroyed the spare parts shop «Lowe's», when inside were more than 100 employees and customers (no deaths). Storms also brought hail and flooding, erosion of the road, bringing down power lines and towers of mobile communication and hampering rescue efforts. Collected here are photos of the disaster.


The ruins of the house after a tornado swept in Gloucester, Virginia. (AP Photo / The Virginian-Pilot, Randall Greenwell)

Damaged school buses in the debris on the school Paige Middle in Gloucester, Virginia. Tornado swept through the city left a crater of a kilometer wide devastation from the highway to the Coke Matthews. The result — three were killed and over 60 injured. (Jay Paul / Getty Images)

All that remains of the school orchestra in Paige Middle Gloucester. (Jay Paul / Getty Images)

Jeff Bass (right) comforts Kim Thomas in front of the destroyed shop «Lowe's» after a tornado in Sanford, North Carolina. (AP Photo / The Sanford Herald, Wesley Beeson)

Aerial view of the tornado destroyed the building in Gloucester, Virginia. (AP Photo / The Virginian-Pilot, Randall Greenwell)

Chris Nelson with a 15-year-old daughter Andrea parked in front of the shop «Lowe's» in Sanford, North Carolina, on the day after the tornado. Nelson were in the store when it happened. They returned the next day for his car (background right). (AP Photo / Ted Richardson)

Bent tornado transmission towers on Valley Stream Road in Raleigh, North Carolina. (AP Photo / News & Observer, Chris Seward)

Clint Stanley (left) and Rob Oakley removed a fallen tree on the car. A tree fell on a car Worlds Pearson at her house in Raleigh. (AP Photo / News & Observer, Scott Sharpe)

Kugill Ellison (center) searches the wreckage of his house by the river after a tornado in Deltaville, Virginia. (AP Photo / Steve Helber)

Top view of the damage caused by a tornado mall «Lowe's Home Improvement Center» in Sanford. (AP Photo / The News & Observer, Thomas Babb)

Annina Purdy, was one of the shoppers shop «Lowe's», when a tornado hit it, returned the next day to pick up things from the car in the parking lot. (AP Photo / Ted Richardson)

13-year-old Hannah Rosser, damaging the edge of the tornado in the parking lot store «Lowe's» in Sanford. (AP Photo / Ted Richardson)

Strong hurricane in Tulse, OK, April 14. (AP Photo / Tulsa World, James Gibbard)

Clifton Perry among the debris in Koulreyn, North Carolina. (AP Photo / Jim R. Bounds)

Aerial view of a dilapidated Paige Middle School in Gloucester. (AP Photo / The Virginian-Pilot, Randall Greenwell)

Tornado moves through Koulreyn, North Carolina. Photographer Richard Burkett took this picture shortly before he and his wife hid in the closet under the stairs. Tornado destroyed their barn and stroked home a few seconds after this picture was taken. (AP Photo / Richard Burkett)

Car on a tree after a tornado in the carcass, Oklahoma. (AP Photo / Sue Ogrocki)

Freshman Patrick Woods Feyettville, North Carolina, with a flag on the ruins of the stadium at the softball field. (AP Photo / The Fayetteville Observer, Michael Conti)

Ripped pink insulation and other debris in the street in Raleigh, North Carolina, after a tornado. (Reuters / Chris Keane)

Nathaniel Ramey comforts Megan Hurst at her grandmother's home in Eskyuville. (AP Photo / Jim R. Bounds)

Aerial view of the 30 victims of the tornado houses in St Andrews in the south of Sanford. (AP Photo / The News & Observer, Thomas Babb)

Ben Haygern examines debris from the warehouse at the house in Raleigh. (Reuters / Chris Keane)

Alicia Brinley of untouched hat on the ground, where he once was a corral for horses on the farm of his parents in Sanford. (AP Photo / The Sanford Herald, Wesley Beeson)

Bill Mosley genuinely surprised to see that his little porcelain after the hurricane hit in Clinton, Mississippi. (AP Photo / Rogelio V. Solis)

Aerial view of the tornado destroyed a house in Gloucester, Va., April 16. (AP Photo / The Virginian-Pilot, Randall Greenwell)

Mary Grady in the yard of their neighbors after tornadoes Eskyuville. Her house hurricane flattened. (AP Photo / Jim R. Bounds)

A horse in a pasture surrounded by debris and dilapidated stables after the hurricane in Stewarts Draft, Virginia. Tornado destroyed in these areas, several farm buildings. (AP Photo / The Daily News-Record, Traci White)

Makayla Jones comforts a dog with a broken paw in Eskyuville, North Carolina, after a tornado. (AP Photo / Jim R. Bounds)

Victim of car tornado in Gloucester, Virginia. (AP Photo / The Virginian-Pilot, Steve Earley)

Man assesses the damage the tornado in his sister's car Eskyuville, North Carolina. (AP Photo / Jim R. Bounds)

People bypass littered street near Kottoneyd, near Fort Brag, North Carolina. (AP Photo / The Fayetteville Observer, Andrew Craft)

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