President Barack Obama declared a state of emergency for the parts of Oklahoma most severely affected by the two-mile wide F-4 tornado that slammed into Moore county and surrounding areas.
Emergency first responders and Air National Guard members worked around the clock Monday night and Tuesday morning to salvage what was left of the neighborhoods beaten and battered by the mega storm, sifting and sorting through piles of debris in an unswerving mission to find loved ones.
Monday's tornado stayed on the ground for a full 40 minutes, and carved a 22-mile path devouring everything in its way, causing over 100 injuries and a death toll that stands above 50. It's feared that number will continue to climb as search efforts carry on.
The one local hospital left standing faces the formidable task of tending to all the injured and sick, while more than 140 others were rushed to three other are hospitals in surrounding regions in an attempt to manage the disaster.
"The President's action makes federal funding available to the affected individuals in the counties of Cleveland, Lincoln, McClain, Oklahoma, and Pottawatomie," a White House press release said.
This will provide assistance in the form of grants for necessary property loss, home and business repairs, and other programs to help the residents and family members that suffered in what is now being referred to by some as the "Oklahoma Tragedy."
The Talking Points Memo reported Monday night that FEMA was already providing resources and their activities will include services for small businesses, an Incident Management Assistance Team (IMAT), Urban Search and Rescue Teams, a Mobile Emergency Response Support (MERS), as well as any telecommunications and operations support fundamentals.
Oklahoma has seen tragedy like this before in 1999 and again in 2003 when tornadoes took frighteningly similar paths to Monday's twister.
Amazing cell phone video of Monday's tornado: