Obama to visit tornado-ravaged areas of Okla.
WASHINGTON, D.C.– President Obama will visit tornado-torn parts of Oklahoma on Sunday, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
A tornado struck on Sunday; then a massive EF5 hit on Monday, killing 24 and injuring more than 300.
During a press conference on Tuesday, President Obama said he would make sure Oklahoma gets all the help needed to rebuild.
In a news conference in Moore on Wednesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said, “We are here to stay. On behalf of President Obama, we are here to stay until the recovery is complete.”
Of the 24 killed in Monday’s storm, ten were children. Some of those victims have been identified. The medical examiner’s office is asking families to come forward to identify the other eight victims. They are asked to call 405-239-7141.
During a press conference Wednesday, officials said six people are still unaccounted for; however, it’s not known if they just walked away or were injured in the storm.
The twister cut a 17-mile long path of destruction, damaging about 2,400 homes.
About 10,000 customers are still without power; that’s down from about 37,000.
Moore residents will be allowed back into their neighborhoods from 3 p.m. until dark Wednesday, Mayor Glenn Lewis said. Light vehicles will be allowed; but heavy equipment and trailers will not be permitted.
State Superintendent Janet Barresi said Wednesday that educators put themselves in harms way to save children. Seven children died when the twister hit Plaza Towers Elementary School.
Baressi said hallways are packed with diapers, water and other necessities to give to victims from the Department of Education.
She also said a supply drive will be arranged to help teachers resupply their classrooms with items that will make their rooms warm and welcoming.