What another word for a place being in ruins (figuratively). Like a place hit with a tornado and is now in ____?
From the OED:
5b. pl. … a scene of disorder or devastation; a ruin; a mess. orig. U.S.
1926 P. H. de Kruif Microbe Hunters iii. iv. 83 Once more his laboratory became a shambles of cluttered flasks and hurrying assistants.
1966 M. R. D. Foot SOE in France viii. 184 Helped the commandos to make a thorough shambles of the main dockyard.
This derives from another sense of shambles, meaning a slaughterhouse or a similarly bloody scene.