Backside of Tragedy
May 21, 2002
The above photo shows the backside of a supercell thunderstorm, which produced a strong tornado that roared through Fort Worth, Texas on March 28, 2000. The tornado touched down at 6:18 p.m., and the picture was taken at 7:22 p.m., 35 miles (56 km) west of Fort Worth.
The storm caused five fatalities, over a hundred injuries, and millions in property damage. The downtown area of Fort Worth was devastated by the tornado. Only the shell of the Cash America Building (also shown above) in Fort Worth remained after the twister blasted into it. The death toll and damages would certainly have been worse if the tornado had struck at rush hour or when most workers were still in their offices.