By Ramsey Cox - 05/21/13 04:01 PM EDT
More than 20 people have been reported dead and more than a hundred were injured when the mile-wide tornado touched down in Oklahoma City suburbs on Monday.
“Oklahomans have always inspired the nation with their courage, compassion and resilience in the face of unspeakable tragedy and loss,” Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Tuesday. “That has already been the case in the few hours since these terrible tornadoes destroyed major parts of our communities, and will be the case as neighbors care for those who have lost everything, including children and family members.”
“Our hearts go out to the families whose loved ones were lost, injured or missing in the devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said. “Our thoughts are with all those who were affected by this tragedy, including families still searching for their children in the wreckage of two elementary schools.”
President Obama pledged federal aid would be available for the state recovery efforts.
“As a nation, our full focus is on the urgent work of rescue and the hard work of recovery and rebuilding that lies ahead,” Obama said at a press conference Tuesday.