The tornadoes in Oklahoma earlier this week destroyed thousands of structures and claimed the lives of 24 people. Sometimes it's hard to imagine a single force that devastating. Here are before and after satellite images of the towns hit. Seeing the path of destruction helps us a little to understand what happened during the storm.

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Images courtesy Google, via http://google.org/crisismap/2013-oklahoma-tornado where you can find much more data on the storm's course.
‘Before’ images: Acquired 2013-04-29 (before tornado on May 20) © CNES 2013, Distribution Astrium Services/Spot Image
‘After’ images: Captured: 5/22/2013. © Digitial Globe 2013