EL RENO, Okla.- Governor Kevin Stitt toured the tornado-ravaged parts of El Reno on Monday morning.
After shaking hands and thanking first responders, Stitt made his way around the trailer park, getting a first-hand view of the devastation left behind.
The tour ended where two people lost their lives when the EF3 tornado hit the area.
During his tour of the damaged area, Stitt received a call from President Trump.
“It was an F3. People got lucky with where it hit. Obviously not for the people that were injured, but it could have been much, much worse. We had two fatalities, and we currently have 13 folks in the hospital”, Stitt told the president.
Stitt also thanked the president for all his support during the recent string of severe weather in Oklahoma.
During the tour Stitt walked next to his daughter Piper right through the same path the tornado took with El Reno Mayor, Matt White, explaining what happened.
“These 15 spots were hit,” Mayor White told Governor Stitt. “This is basically a cul-de-sac right here. You can basically see how it was all lined up. Basically from this area right here, all the way back, is completely decimated.”
Governor Stitt wanted to bring his daughter with him so she could know what is going on around that state, and see what the victims are going through.
Stitt said he has been in contact with FEMA in relation to all of the recent damage to the state with tornadoes and historic flooding.
He’s knows it’s been a rough week for the state, but Stitt said no other state comes together like Oklahoma.
“I’ve just been so impressed with the team and what they’ve done. The first responders, I can’t thank them enough,” Stitt said. “I met all the firefighters that were on scene last night. Our hearts and prayers go to the families of the two lives that were lost here in the El Reno community.”