My buddy Bill is a writer for USA Today and he took me along with him to gather info for his article in USA Today about the tornado damage in Washington, Illinois.
After seeing anything like this for this first time, I will say the damage was profound, terrifying, awe-inspiring, complete, random, haunting and humbling.
The odd thing was that the damage was exactly what you see on tv during high wind events, and it looked precisely what you'd imagine when you think of an area ravaged by a tornado. But seeing it in person is a lot different, much like the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls after having seen them on television.
My biggest takeaway from it was that I will never again be surprised by the strength of mother nature. She can do anything.
None of these photos need a caption, but a few them got one anyway.