*From London, President Barack Obama said he plans to travel to the tornado-damaged state of Missouri on Sunday.

A tornado that cut through the city of Joplin on Sunday was the single deadliest twister to ever hit American soil since the National Weather Service began keeping records 61 years ago. At least 118 people have died, Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday.

“We are going to do absolutely everything we can to make sure they recover,” said Obama on Tuesday, in England to meet with Britain’s royal family as well as top politicians.

Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate and Deputy Administrator Richard Serino have traveled to Missouri to work with state and local officials, the president said.