The Federal Emergency Management Agency has also sent an assistance team to the state operations center in Oklahoma City, and additional personnel and resources stand ready to be dispatched as necessary, the White House said in its statement.
“Our hearts are just broken for the parents of the children who are missing,” Fallin said at a press conference. “There are businesses and facilities that have been hit hard, and there are families wondering where their loved ones are.”
Hundreds of people were injured in the tornado. Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City had nine patients in critical condition and nine more in serious as of 6 p.m. local time, KFOR reported. In the southeast part of the city, the storm knocked out a water treatment center, prompting warnings to residents not to drink from their taps.
Norman Regional Hospital officials asked all clinical staff to come in to help treat storm injuries, the Norman Transcript newspaper reported on its website. Thirteen patients were transported to the hospital’s two campuses in Norman, a city 10 miles south of Moore. The Moore Medical Center sustained major damage.
Left, a fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Oklahoma.