Okla. twister toll: 13,000 homes; 24 victims named

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MOORE, Okla. -- The tornado that struck an Oklahoma City suburb this week may have created $2 billion or more in damage as it tore through as many as 13,000 homes, multiple schools and a hospital, officials said Wednesday.

Also Wednesday, authorities released the identities of the 24 people killed, including 10 children. They are: Sydney Angle, 9; Hemant Bhonde, 65; Richard Brown, 41; Antonia Candelaria, 9; Emily Conatzer, 9; Kyle Davis, 8; Case Futrell, 4 months; Megan Futrell, 29; JaNae Hornsby, 9; Leslie Johnson, 46; Rick Jones, 54; Christopher Legg, 9; Terri Long, 49; Nicolas McCabe, 9; Jenny Neely, 38; Cindy Plumley, 45; Shannon Quick, 40; Tewauna Robinson, 45; William Sass, 63; Randy Smith, 39; Gina Stromski, 51; Karrina Vargyas, 4; Sydnee Vargyas, 7 months; and Deanna Ward, 70.

The Oklahoma Insurance Department said visual assessments of the extensive damage zone suggest the cost could be greater than the $2 billion from the 2011 tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., and killed nearly seven times as many people.

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President Barack Obama plans to view the destruction Sunday. "We know that people are really hurting," Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said during a visit Wednesday. "We will be here to stay until this recovery is complete. You have our commitment on that."

The National Weather Service has said Monday's tornado measured a top-of-the-scale EF5 with winds of at least 200 mph.


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