Many Oklahomans opted to flee Friday night when a violent tornado developed and headed toward the state's capital city.
MOORE, OK - While the worst of any natural disaster clearly comes during the disaster itself, the aftermath is often equally difficult to deal with.
In the case of this week's F5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, basic fundamentals disappeared for those left to pick up the pieces.
Here are 15 unexpected struggles that victims, clean-up crews and onlookers faced:
1) No restroom access in the devastation zone (a 14-mile area of neighborhoods, shopping centers, etc.)
2) Safety and security challenges in the devastation zone with revolving neighborhood closures and openings
3) Unstable ground and deep, muddy paths throughout the affected areas
4) Limited food and water available for victims and clean-up crews
5) Long lines for that limited food and water
6) Very little sleep with too much to do, and not enough time to do it
7) Intermittent cell phone service in the 14 miles of the affected area
8) Based on communication challenges, logistical confusion for everyone involved
9) Not enough hotel and rental car availability to account for the influx of volunteers and media
10) No electricity in the devastation zone, and constant battery power exhaustion
11) Major traffic struggles because of road closures and highly curious onlookers
12) High anxiety and false rumors as new storms passed over-head in the days after the initial tornado
13) High media interest and not enough space to house dozens of satellite trucks and media vans
14) Heat exhaustion with no shade, leading to several hospitalizations
15) Too many volunteers to keep track of (the best struggle any city could hope to face)
Tornado slams Oklahoma
The Oklahoma medical examiner's office says five people have been killed in a tornado outbreak in Oklahoma City suburbs.
Donations are pouring into Oklahoma as people around the country look to help residents affected by last week's violent tornado outbreak, but charities also are receiving plenty of items they don't need - tons of used clothes, shoes and stuffed animals that take up valuable warehouse space and clog distribution networks.
President Barack Obama visited tornado-devastated Moore, Okla., Sunday, consoling people staggered by the loss of life and property and promising that the government will be behind them "every step of the way."
The pictures from Moore, Okla., are powerful, telling a story without a single word.
The people of the Oklahoma town where a deadly tornado struck could use just about everything - cleaning supplies, food, water, shelter and hugs.
While the worst of any natural disaster clearly comes during the disaster itself, the aftermath is often equally difficult to deal with.
Should residential storm shelters be mandatory in the midst of Tornado Alley?
A band of thunderstorms battered the Oklahoma City area Thursday, slowing cleanup operations in the suburb where a tornado killed 24 people and destroyed thousands of homes this week.
A massive tornado was carving its way through town. There was no time to hesitate. LaTisha Garcia had to get to her children.