Dozens Killed as Oklahoma Tornado Devastates Suburb

By Michael B. Marois, Mike Lee and Brian K. Sullivan - 2013-05-21T08:00:13Z

Photograph by Brett Deering/Getty Images

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President Barack Obama last night declared a major disaster in Oklahoma. The designation makes government funding available to people affected by the storm in five Oklahoma counties, according to a White House statement.

He will speak today on the disaster at 10 a.m. Washington time, according to a White House aide who requested anonymity to discuss the president’s schedule before the event is formally announced. Obama has spoken with Republican Representative Tom Cole, who represents Moore in Congress, the aide said.

Burton said she and her friend, Lisa Green, were in Burton’s house when the tornado arrived.

Left, a volunteer helps clean up a mobile home after it was overturned by a tornado.