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  • A local resident allowed looks through the rubble of a destroyed home, one day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)A local resident allowed looks through the rubble of a destroyed home, one day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
  • A parent rushes to embrace her child as a teacher escorts her away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Okla,, Monday, May 20, 2013, near SW 149th and Hudson. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)A parent rushes to embrace her child as a teacher escorts her away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Okla,, Monday, May 20, 2013, near SW 149th and Hudson. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)
  • Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Okla, Monday, May 20, 2013. Near SW 149th and Hudson. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)Teachers carry children away from Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Okla, Monday, May 20, 2013. Near SW 149th and Hudson. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)
  • A teacher hugs a child at Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Monday, May 20, 2013. A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)A teacher hugs a child at Briarwood Elementary school after a tornado destroyed the school in south Oklahoma City, Monday, May 20, 2013. A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Paul Hellstern)
  • A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on May 20, 2013. A tornado as much as half a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (Associated Press)A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., on May 20, 2013. A tornado as much as half a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (Associated Press)
  • Emergency workers pull out a woman that was trapped in a building that was destroyed off of 4th Street and Interstate 35 after a tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/ The Transcript, Kyle Phillips )Emergency workers pull out a woman that was trapped in a building that was destroyed off of 4th Street and Interstate 35 after a tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/ The Transcript, Kyle Phillips )
  • This aerial photo shows the remains of homes hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)This aerial photo shows the remains of homes hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)
  • This frame grab provided by KWTV shows a tornado in Oklahoma City on May 20, 2013. Television footage shows flattened buildings and fires after a mile-wide tornado moved through the Oklahoma City area. (Associated Press/Courtesy KWTV)This frame grab provided by KWTV shows a tornado in Oklahoma City on May 20, 2013. Television footage shows flattened buildings and fires after a mile-wide tornado moved through the Oklahoma City area. (Associated Press/Courtesy KWTV)
  • The steeple of a church at South Janeway Avenue and SW 4th Street lays across the lawn after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)The steeple of a church at South Janeway Avenue and SW 4th Street lays across the lawn after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
  • A man searches a damaged home near SW 4th Street and Telephone Road after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)A man searches a damaged home near SW 4th Street and Telephone Road after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
  • An American flag blows in the wind at sunrise atop the rubble of a destroyed home a day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

An American flag blows in the wind at sunrise atop the rubble of a destroyed home a day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)
  • Chole Findley walks with her grandson Mark Williams as they leave the area where their home was destroyed after the tornado hit the area near 149th and Drexel on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Chris Landsberger)Chole Findley walks with her grandson Mark Williams as they leave the area where their home was destroyed after the tornado hit the area near 149th and Drexel on Monday, May 20, 2013 in Oklahoma City, Okla. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Chris Landsberger)
  • Two men go through the damage surrounding the Moore Medical Center after a tornado moves through Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Two men go through the damage surrounding the Moore Medical Center after a tornado moves through Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
  • Emergency crews recover a body from the 7-Eleven store at the corner of Telephone Road and SW 4th Street after a tornado in Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Emergency crews recover a body from the 7-Eleven store at the corner of Telephone Road and SW 4th Street after a tornado in Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
  • This aerial photo shows damage to Moore Medical Center after it was hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)This aerial photo shows damage to Moore Medical Center after it was hit by a massive tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)
  • People go through the debris near Telephone Road and SW 4th Street after a tornado moves through Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)People go through the debris near Telephone Road and SW 4th Street after a tornado moves through Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
  • Rebekah Stuck hugs her son, Aiden, 7, after she found him in front of the destroyed Briarwood Elementary School after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20, 2013. Aiden was inside the school when it was hit. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)Rebekah Stuck hugs her son, Aiden, 7, after she found him in front of the destroyed Briarwood Elementary School after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., on Monday, May 20, 2013. Aiden was inside the school when it was hit. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)
  • Antonio Flores of Moore, Okla., searches for his car after a tornado damaged the Moore Medical Center and the vehicles in the parking lot in Moore, Okla. on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)Antonio Flores of Moore, Okla., searches for his car after a tornado damaged the Moore Medical Center and the vehicles in the parking lot in Moore, Okla. on Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)
  • Kay Taylor stands with her dog Bailey in front of her house that was destroyed after the tornado that hit the area near 149th and Drexel on Monday, May 20, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Chris Landsberger)Kay Taylor stands with her dog Bailey in front of her house that was destroyed after the tornado that hit the area near 149th and Drexel on Monday, May 20, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Chris Landsberger)
  • Rachel Hilton holds stray kittens she found in the debris of her parents' home at SW 149th and Stone Meadows Drive after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)Rachel Hilton holds stray kittens she found in the debris of her parents' home at SW 149th and Stone Meadows Drive after a tornado struck south Oklahoma City and Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Nate Billings)
  • Gene Tripp sits in his rocking chair where his home once stood after being destroyed by a tornado hit the area near 149th and Drexel on Monday, May 20, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Chris Landsberger)Gene Tripp sits in his rocking chair where his home once stood after being destroyed by a tornado hit the area near 149th and Drexel on Monday, May 20, 2013, in Oklahoma City, Okla. (AP Photo/ The Oklahoman, Chris Landsberger)

President Obama will travel to Oklahoma on Sunday to survey the devastation from the deadly tornado that tore through the town of Moore, leaving death and debris in its wake.

“He will visit with the affected families as well as meet with first responders,” White House press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.

Several federal officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Federal Emergency Management Agency Director Craig Fugate are already on the ground assessing the damage in the state and coordinating federal disaster relief.

On Tuesday Mr. Obama assured residents of Moore that the federal government will be there “as long as it takes” to clean up their town and help victims recover.

“The people of Moore should know their country will remain on the ground, there for them, beside them as long as it takes for their homes and schools to rebuild,” he said, later adding “we are a nation that stands with our fellow citizens for as long as it takes.”

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