Covering severe weather

Last week several tornadoes swept through the county I work in. The damage was dramatic but thankfully, no one was critically injured. Other parts of Texas have not been so lucky. Mostly Wise County saw a large amount of property damaged caused by tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding. Below are some of the photos I took in the Runaway Bay and Decatur areas. More severe damaged was reported near FM 920 in the county, but that was assigned to another photographer.

Covering a natural disaster, even one as small as this, can be pretty daunting. Finding the damage, getting accurate information and getting it back to the copy desk as quickly as possible is a completely different animal than most reporting duties. I’m not sure there is anything to compare it to.