QUAPAW, Okla. - A massive tornado outbreak Sunday left a path of destruction through at least 17 states, claiming more than a dozen lives.
The National Weather Service is expected to arrive in Quapaw Monday, one day after a tornado killed at least one person and injured six others.
Examining the damage and determining the strength of the tornado are two tasks ahead for NWS crews. Main Street in Quapaw, including the fire department, sustained extensive damage.
Tulsa Red Cross crews arrived in Quapaw Sunday. Volunteers set up a shelter at the Quapaw Tribe Wellness Center for those needing food, water and a place to stay.
So far, 31 tornadoes are confirmed across the nation as a result of Sunday's line of storms.
At least 25 people were injured and dozens of homes and businesses destroyed as the storm moved through southeastern Kansas.
Schools are closed Monday in Baxter Springs, Kan., where crews will assess the damage after a number of homes and businesses were destroyed by a tornado Sunday.
The death toll in Arkansas stands at 16 after a tornado in Mayflower, Ark. killed at least eight people, four died in Faulkner County, three in Pulaski County and one in White County.
Meanwhile, President Obama has pledged help after the devastating storms.
"Your country will be there to help you recover and rebuild, as long as it takes," he said.