One year ago, a 210 mph tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., destroying thousands of homes and killing 24 people, including seven children.

This year, the Associated Press returned to Moore to visit the people and places photographed days after the storm struck the community.


The path of destruction on May 21, 2013, the day after a massive tornado hit Moore, Okla., left, and the same view on May 15, 2014, right. (AP Photos)

Carol Kawaykla salvages items at her tornado-ravaged home on May 23, 2013, in Moore, Okla., top, and Kawaykla stands for a photo in her new home near the same area on May 7, 2014, bottom. Kawaykla said she misses some personal items lost in the tornado, but is more concerned with safety of children in schools during storms. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Farmers Insurance worker Paul Gaipo looks through tornado-damaged cars to determine which company insured the vehicles at a destroyed strip mall on May 22, 2013, in Moore, Okla., top, and workers prepare footings for a new business building near the site on May 8, 2014, bottom. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Lea Bessinger, left, salvages a depiction of Jesus as she and her son, Josh Bessinger, sort through the rubble of her tornado-ravaged home in Moore, Okla., May 21, 2013, top. A vacant lot is all that remains on the site on May 7, 2014, bottom. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Damage to the Tower Plazas Elementary School, May 21, 2013, in Moore after seven students died when the massive tornado hit ( top) and reconstruction continues at the school on May 15, 2014, bottom. (AP Photo)

Ava Proffer  (top) hangs a toy on a fence at a makeshift memorial outside Plaza Towers Elementary School on May 26, 2013. Construction continues for a replacement school building on May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Volunteers pray at a makeshift memorial on May 26, 2013, outside Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore (top.) A boy walks past the rebuilt school building on the same site on May 7, 2014, bottom. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Damage to homes and businesses on May 21, 2013, the day after a massive tornado hit Moore and the same neighborhood under reconstruction on May 15, 2014, bottom. (AP Photo)

Abby Cotten sorts through the tornado-ravaged home she shared with her parents several days after it was destroyed by an EF-5 tornado, top, and Cotten visits the site on May, 8, 2014, bottom. She said that she plans to start construction this summer on a new home for herself on the lot after her parents decided to not move back to the location. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Katie Thomas sorts through debris at a friend’s tornado-ravaged daycare on May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla., top. A concrete slab is all that remains of the shopping center that contained the daycare on May, 8, 2014, bottom. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Dalton Sprading, right, hands a gun to his uncle Roger Craft as he salvages items from his tornado-ravaged home in Moore, Okla., May 21, 2013, top, and the site remains empty while other houses rise in the background on May 8, 2014, bottom. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Damage to the Moore Medical Center Emergency Services (top) on May 21, 2013, after a massive tornado. and the same view on May 15, 2014, bottom. (AP Photo)

Rick Brown puts on a pair of boots (to_ after finding them in his tornado-ravaged home  on May 22, 2013. He sits on the now-cleared lot on May 8, 2014, bottom. Brown said construction should start soon on a new home to replace the one destroyed by the massive tornado that tore a wide swath through the Oklahoma City suburb on May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

A tornado-ravaged home stands in the distance beyond a twisted street sign on May 22, 2013, in Moore, Okla., top, and the lot is cleared and a new homes stand next door on May 8, 2014, bottom. Moore continues to rebuild in the wake of tornado.

An underground shelter among tornado rubble, May 26, 2013, in Moore and the shelter virtually unchanged on May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Ben Osborne surveys the scene as he sorts through his tornado-ravaged home on May 22, 2013, in Moore, Okla., top, and Osborne stands for a photo with his wife Deidra and daughter Hannah, May 8, 2014, on the site where Deidra rode out the storm in shelter with 13 of her neighbors. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)