Obama expressed his concern for those affected and offered all available federal resources. He urged Fallin to be in close contact as the rescue and clean up effort continues.
In a news conference, Fallin, a Republican, told Oklahomans of the president's call and said he had vowed to cut any red tape blocking federal assistance to the area.
A team from the
Details on the damage and death toll were trickling in Monday night, but early counts had at least 51 dead, including some children killed when a school collapsed. Emergency officials were working through the night seeking survivors at one elementary school.
A White House official said the president was receiving updates through
"The people of Oklahoma are in his and the first lady's thoughts and prayers," the White House statement said of Obama's call to Fallin.