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Published: May 26, 2013 9:38 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama will tour the damage from the massive tornado that devastated the Oklahoma City area.
    
Obama plans to meet with affected families and thank first responders during a visit Sunday to Moore, Okla. The White House says Obama wants a firsthand look at the recovery from the tornado that killed 24 and damaged an estimated 12,000 homes Monday afternoon.
    
The town of Moore is a community of 41,000 people located about 10 miles from Oklahoma City.
    
Obama offered prayers for the people of Oklahoma from the White House in recent days. He said that "while the road ahead will be long, their country will be with them every single step of the way."
    
Meanwhile, commencement ceremonies went ahead for high school grads from Moore. They took place in nearby Oklahoma city. Many of the grads say Moore is home and they don't plant to stray too far.