The May 20, 2013 tornado that struck parts of the Midwest, especially Oklahoma, left behind a trail of destruction. These images capture the pain and resilience of those affected by the powerful storm. (Photos courtesy of Getty Images)
Shawnee , Okla. Storm Damage
A victim of the storm surveys the damage. The storm swept a building clear off its cement foundation.
Two Women Salvage Material From a Destroyed House
Residents search for belongings in the shells of their former homes.
Residents Come Together in the Wake of the May 20, 2013 Storm
Three storm survivors talk near a destroyed house.
Debris and Pieces of Houses Litter Fields Where Homes Once Stood
Pink insulation from an eviscerated house dots a front yard after the storm. Many homes suffered heavy weather damage from rain and wind.
A Few Structures Remained Standing After the Storm Swept Through the Area
The storm gutted houses. Rooms were reduced to splinters and insulation spread out across fields.
A Woman Returned to the Storm Wreckage to Salave What Few Items She Could Find
Parts of Oklahoma resembled a war zone after the May 20, 2013 storm. The tornado destroyed houses and ripped branches and leaves clean off of trees. A resident returned to the area to search for salvageable belongings.
Mud-crusted Trucks Sit Idly Amidst the Wreckage
The storm coated houses and trucks in mud. The grime from the storm turned the Midwestern landscape dirt-brown.
Rescue Crews Arrived After the Storm to Help the Stricken Areas Recover
A storm rescue worker rested on a bucket and surveyed the damage after the tornado. Rescue workers searched destroyed houses for trapped victims.
Parts of the Midwest Resembled Ghost Towns After the Storm
A debris-filled tree, stripped of leaves, survived the deadly storm. The tornado flattened neighborhoods where homes and communities once thrived.
Rescue Crews Worked Around the Clock to Rescue Survivors
A member of a rescue crew wielded a sledgehammer to clear the wreckage. Crews worked into the night to help victims of the storm.