Another week, another wave of tornadoes.
Last night, ground zero was the St. Louis area. Neighborhoods were hit and homes were destroyed. Including the one behind this distressed woman on the front of today’s Post-Dispatch.
That picture is by staffer Robert Cohen. And it seems almost an odd choice, given that the big news is St. Louis was the fact that the huge Lambert Airport suffered a direct hit as well.
Many of you probably saw amateur photos of this shuttle van, hanging off the back of a parking deck. This — along with the rest of these pictures — are by Post-Dispatch staffer Emily Rasinski.
The St. Louis Lambert International Airport will likely be closed for days, the Post-Dispatch reports today. Part of the roof was torn off and all the windows were shattered in the main terminal building.
As much time as I’ve spent in airports lately, these photos gave me a real jolt. I can’t imagine sitting in one of these seats when the storm actually hit.
You can see those photos — and a lot more — in one of the worst-organized photo slide shows I’ve ever seen. The photos are not grouped into neighborhoods or sections, they’re just randomly tossed in. And each time the slide changes, the entire web page reloads.
Still, if you need to see it, find the slideshow here.
Average daily circulation for the Post-Dispatch is 207,145.
From across the Mississippi, here’s today’s News-Democrat of Belleville, Ill., circulation 50,037.
The lead photos are of the airport — closer to what I might have expected to see afront the Post-Dispatch. These pictures are from the Associated Press.
While we’re discussing tornadoes, of course, we should check in with the folks back in North Carolina, which was so hard-hit a week ago today.
Today, the Fayetteville Observer — circulation 50,532 — took a most unusual approach to a panoramic photo by staffer Andrew Craft.
The Observer ran the photo sideways.
That particular picture is made of 24 separate photos, the caption says.
Running it sideways was a very gutsy thing to do. The only other time I can recall seeing another sideways panoramic photo on A1 was this one, a little more than a year ago. Kudos to the editors of the Observer who made it happen.
And in Sanford, N.C., the Herald — circulation 8,162 — is still kicking ass with its coverage of last week’s devastating storm. The page-one photo today by staffer Wesley Beeson shows workers starting the cleanup of the Lowe’s that was ripped apart.
And finally, we’ll zip back to the midwest to check out this front page by the Daily Chronicle of Kane County, Ill.
The tiny 9,304-circulation Daily Chronicle hit storm-weary readers today with statistics and tips on how to deal with tornadoes.
Included in the package:
- A description of how a tornado is formed.
- The difference between a “watch” and a “warning” — something that seems to elude many readers.
- A recent AP shot of a funnel cloud.
- The Fujita intensity scale, explained.
- Tornado stats over the past five years at the national, state and local levels.
- A map showing every tornado in the continental U.S. last year.
The graphic was researched and built by staffer Kurt Cunningham.
Hmm. Does that name sound familiar? It should. A 2010 graduate of the University of Iowa, Kurt did outstanding work last spring during a presidential visit to Iowa City. He then interned for Paul Wallen at the Huntsville Times.
The front pages today all come from the Newseum, of course.