(CNN)On Wednesday night a violent tornado tore through Missouri, destroying portions of the state’s capital and leaving at least three people dead. The deadly storm comes on the heels of at least 21 tornadoes reported in Texas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas earlier this week, putting more than 17 million people at the risk from flash flooding and destructive winds.
2019 is already a devastating year for tornado deaths. Thirty-one people have so far been killed by tornadoes, compared to 10 in all of 2018 and 35 in 2017. Both Texas and Oklahoma have already seen fatalities. In Oklahoma, following Monday’s severe weather, flood rescues are underway; the National Weather Service urged residents in the Tulsa area to move to higher ground.
But what happens to the people who survive the storm when their homes have been destroyed? For many — notably the poor, minority groups and owners of mobile homes — riding out a tornado, flood or some other form of severe weather is just the start of a long journey.