In "Fahrenheit 451", what are the effects of the war as Montag imagined them?

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As the jets are screaming overhead, Montag imagines the destruction.  He imagines Faber on his bus heading out of town, hopefully safe, but for sure "its destination would be meaningless, and its point of departure changed from metropolis to junkyard."  Then he imagines Mildred in her hotel room, watching the t.v. walls "where the family talked and talked and talked to her", and then when the bombs strike, Montag imagines that he "heard her screaming, because...she saw her own face..and it was such a wild, empty face,...starved and eating of itself" before the hotel collapses on her.  It's a sad imagining, of Mildred realizing the emptiness that she has become, and that emptiness seems to scare her more than the impending doom of the bombers.  In the second that it takes the jets to bomb the city, Montag imagines these scenes, then is, with the other men, literally bowled over by the impact of the bomb.  This leaves them alone, left to rebuilt the city, hopefully better.