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AP tracks a tornado’s impact on one of the nation’s poorest regions long after the wind dies down

One year after a deadly tornado struck, debris of homes and businesses awaits removal in Rolling Fork, Miss., March 22, 2024. Buildings throughout town remain boarded up, and the remnants of destroyed properties dot the landscape. The tornado killed 14 residents and reduced the town to rubble as it charted a merciless path across one of the country’s poorest regions. AP PHOTO / ROGELIO V. SOLIS

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The AP’s Michael Goldberg covered the long-term struggle of a family in Rolling Fork, Mississippi, following a devastating tornado in March 2023.

Goldberg, alongside photographer Rogelio Solis, tracked the Cartlidge family’s efforts to rebuild their lives in an area already challenged by scarce jobs and limited resources. His reporting highlighted both the human and economic dimensions of the disaster’s impact in the Mississippi Delta, one of the nation’s poorest regions.

This in-depth story was featured by major national and regional news outlets.

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