Many Oklahomans opted to flee Friday night when a violent tornado developed and headed toward the state's capital city.
MOORE, Okla. - The pictures from Moore, Okla., are powerful, telling a story without a single word.
Scripps media crews spent several days among the survivors, sifting through the rubble, capturing the emotion of the town's tragedy.
Volunteers photographed by WCPO Digital multimedia photojournalist Kareem Elgazzar captured the paradox of a sometimes beautiful Oklahoma blue sky with people who were there simply to work around destruction. (Watch video at left to see the images)
"Don't touch anything that is insurance claimable, don't do anything the homeowners don't want you to do, but primarily you're going to be doing trash and debris out to the curb," said Steve Gallaway, Zone Commander.
"A lot of devastation, it's extremely bad here," he said. There are a lot of great people here in Oklahoma and we're just extremely proud to be part of it."
Church groups and sometimes just volunteers from across the country find work inside, and out, just to lend a hand. Some are just kind-hearted father and son teams wanting to make a difference.
"That's what we're all about, people in need, just go help 'em. It'll all come back to you," said Rob White.
Whether local or national, volunteers came to Oklahoma to help.
"A young lady came out, jumped up and down and just said, ‘I'm ready to do something.' And that's the mindset of people here. They want to do something to help," said volunteer Shawndra Roberts. That's one thing great about America, we're always there to help other people. We get more joy out of it than the people we're helping. It's a hand up from a hand out from God."
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.