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Oklahoma Devastated by Tornadoes

Written By: Joe Melillo

The residents of Moore, Okla., are bracing for another harrowing, long day.

Oklahoma Devastated by Tornadoes

May 21, 2013
Oklahoma (WENY) - The residents of Moore, Okla., are bracing for another harrowing, long day. Rescue workers are still searching an elementary school that took a direct hit from yesterday's tornado. At least 51 people are confirmed dead in Oklahoma City's suburbs, but officials say they could find up to 40 more bodies. At least 20 children have died.
    
President Barack Obama will be meeting with his disaster response team, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, on Tuesday before delivering a statement on the devastating tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday.
     
Obama has declared a major disaster in Oklahoma, ordering federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. The president also spoke Monday with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Rep. Tom Cole, whose home is in the heavily damaged town of Moore.
     
The White House says Obama told Cole that the American people stand behind Oklahomans as they recover from the disaster.
     
Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate is heading to Oklahoma on Tuesday to ensure that federal resources are being properly deployed.