(ABC NEWS) -- The threat proved real as twister after twister menaced the Midwest on Saturday night.
Two tornadoes developed at the same time in Cherokee, Oklahoma.
In Iowa, a hospital took a direct hit from a tornado.
All in its path survived, but once the darkness fell that same danger touched down in Woodward, Oklahoma.
Lightning knocked out the town's early warning system followed by a massive tornado that laid waste to several communities.
When it was over, five were dead, including a father and his two daughters.
Dozens of homes and several buildings were leveled, especially in this business district.
"I'm shocked. I'm shocked that there's even anything left. It's just total destruction out here," said storm survivor Rob Miller.