Up to 13k homes hit by tornado, Obama to visit Sunday

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Updated: 5/22/2013 12:42 pm
MOORE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett says 12,000 to 13,000 homes were affected by the tornado that tore through a city suburb.
   
At least 24 people died when the tornado laid waste to Moore on Monday afternoon.
   
The Oklahoma Insurance Department says the financial cost of the tornado could exceed $2 billion, because of the size and duration of the storm. The disaster zone stretches more than 17 miles and the tornado was on the ground for 40 minutes.
   
An aerial view of the site shows whole neighborhoods obliterated, with gouged earth littered with splintered wood and pulverized cars.
   
The National Weather Service says the tornado was a top-of-the-scale EF5 twister with winds of at least 200 mph - the first EF5 tornado of 2013.

Obama to visit tornado-ravaged Oklahoma town

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Obama will travel to tornado-ravaged Moore, Okla., on Sunday.
   
White House spokesman Jay Carney says the president will view the tornado damage first-hand. He also plans to meet with victims and first responders.
   
The monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday afternoon, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of rubble. State authorities say two infants were among the 24 people who perished in the twister.
   
The town of Moore is a community of 41,000 people located about 10 miles from Oklahoma City.

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