For 39 minutes on May 20, 2013, a massive EF5 tornado with winds reaching 210 mph cut a 17-mile long path that was 1.3 miles wide at its peak. Moore, OK bore the brunt of the damage and of the 24 casualties, seven were children at Plaza Towers Elementary School, which had no storm shelter. Indeed, most homes hit lacked shelters which are not legally mandated by the state. The May 20th tornado was the town's fifth major one since 1998, yet many of the residents photographed and interviewed in the immediate aftermath expressed a desire to remain in Moore and rebuild and hope for the best.
Photographed for The Wall Street Journal