A deadly, devastating tornado struck the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, Oklahoma on Monday, destroying homes and schools and killing at least 24 people.
It was more powerful than first thought. The tornado that touched down was 1.3 miles wide and was on the ground for 17 miles, lasting 40 minutes. According to Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, 12,000 to 13,000 homes were affected, and The Oklahoma Insurance Department says the financial cost could exceed $2 billion.
FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper reports from Moore, Oklahoma:
Here in Moore, Oklahoma, it was an EF-5 tornado with winds around 200-miles-per-hour.
(Mayor Cornett) "This was the storm of storms."
Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says one thing he takes away after seeing what is left in the path of the storm...
(Mayor Cornett) "No one could possibly have survived this and, yet, we know they did. We know people crawled out of that rubble and we're talking levels of debris that's four-foot high as far as you can see. We're talking about cars that are upside down."
As well as what I spotted: Chassis ripped from cars and sliced in half, and metal wrapped around trees.
Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis was here when another powerful tornado tore through this town in 1999.
(Mayor Lewis) "This is not my first rodeo with this, but it doesn't get any easier. Especially with the loss of life."
Oklahoma lawmakers have approved a plan to appropriate $45 million from a rainy day fund to help this city recover.
And to help get the cleanup done faster and the power back up, exits from Interstate-35 to Moore are now blocked to all but emergency workers.
In Moore, Oklahoma, Jennifer Keiper, FOX News Radio.
WATCH for more on the tornado in Oklahoma:
As search and rescue workers look on in an effort to locate more anyone who still could be trapped among the debris, some survivors of the killer tornado are speaking out.
LISTEN to survivors in Moore, Oklahoma tell their stories:
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WATCH a video of Moore, Oklahoma taken by FOX News Radio's Jennifer Keiper the day after the tornado struck:
President Obama spoke on Tuesday morning, sets federal wheels in motion to respond to the tragedy in Oklahoma.
FOX News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz reports from the White House:
(President Obama) "Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today."
President Obama declaring the people of Moore, Oklahoma face a long road ahead, but one they will not walk alone. The President received a briefing on the Oklahoma response just before making public remarks from the White House.
(President Obama) "As a nation our full focus is on the urgent work of rescue and the hard work of recovery and rebuilding that lies ahead."
The President dispatched the Director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the scene, and late Monday, he signed a disaster declaration.
At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.
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