2011 has been a tough year for US residents in areas affected by tornadoes. Most recently, Joplin, Missouri was hit by a massive tornado that is thought to be the deadliest in 60 years.
Earlier in the year, dozens of massive tornadoes tore a town-flattening streak across the Southeastern U.S., killing at least 250 people in six states and forcing rescuers to carry some survivors out on makeshift stretchers of splintered debris.
Although the economic losses are not yet clear, the devastation caused by the tornadoes will surely affect the region for the foreseeable future.
Click ahead for scenes from the 2011 tornadoes.
Updated 23 May 2011