For many, the holiday season officially kicks off this week with Thanksgiving celebrations.  But in various parts of the country, it will be a bittersweet holiday season for many thanks to Mother Nature.

During a historic tornado outbreak in April, a large twister tore through Tuscaloosa, Alabama - home of the University of Alabama.  Months later, many will be celebrating Thanksgiving homeless or nearly helpless.

FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports:

Just over a month later, one of the deadliest single tornadoes in U.S. history destroyed nearly 1/3 of Joplin, Missouri, killing more than 150 people.  But this week, those who lost everything (or very close to it), will still be giving thanks.

FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper reports:

It wasn't just tornadoes swirling over the country that caused extensive damage.  In late August, Hurricane Irene spun her way up the eastern seaboard, bringing high winds and torrential rain - and causing billions of dollars in damage.  Few places were as hard hit as the town of Wilmington, Vermont,  where they will be giving thanks as a town on the mend.

FOX News Radio's Jeff Monosso reports: