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Vegetation management crews clear the way for electric service to be restored after an EF5 tornado tears through a Missouri town.

Sunday, May 22, 2011, started out like any other late-spring day in Joplin, Missouri, U.S. Families were grilling out, kids were playing in the parks and, on this day, Joplin High School was holding its graduation at the local university. But, in just 32 minutes, the community landscape and residents' lives were forever changed.

At 5:41 p.m., an EF5 tornado, with winds stronger than 200 mph (322 kmph), tore through the town. On the ground for 32 minutes, the storm took its t

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