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.
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.