Tragedy in Joplin

We spent last Christmas with friends in Joplin. They are spending the Summer in Alaska and missed out on all the excitement back home. They report that all of their immediate family are safe, and their homes had minor damage, while two blocks away everything is flattened.
She retired last year from working 22 years in the hospital, which is about 3/4 mile from their home.
I have posted a few photos which they have forwarded to me.

View them here.