After a powerful tornado ravaged Moore, Okla., Monday, killing dozens, stories of remarkable courage, harrowing terror and loss, and a community in need began to emerge from the rubble.
Watch the below videos for some of Moore’s most gripping stories.
Take the man who helped neighbors pulled a car out of the front hall of an elementary school. Underneath it, a teacher had used her body to shield three young children.
“Good job, teach,” the man said, breaking down into tears. The tornado “ripped our house up. I still got a little girl buried in there.”
Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis shielded employees in the vault of his jewelry store where they were able to survive.
Another Moore resident, Mark, had his home of 23 years destroyed while he hid in the closet with his dog.
Another dog, Ginger, braced her owner’s fall as the tornado lifted the owner into the air and dropped her in the bathtub, where the she was trying to take refuge from the storm.
“I got picked up, thrown down to the ground. All I can remember after I hit my head was I landed on the dog. I could just hear her whimpering,” she remembered. “I just cannot believe we actually survived this thing.”