31 tornadoes confirmed after Sunday's storms; more than a dozen dead in Oklahoma, Arkansas

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 there 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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Damage from April 27, 2014 tornadoes

The Ottawa County Sheriff's Department has identified the victim as 68-year-old John L. Brown, of Baxter Springs, Kan., which was also hit by a tornado.

Detective Derek Derwin says Brown and his wife were traveling through Quapaw when the tornado hit.  Brown pulled into a parking lot, where a wall fell on the couple's vehicle. 

Brown's wife was treated at a nearby hospital and released.  Brown was pronounced dead at the scene.

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 schools were closed Monday in Baxter Springs, where crews will assess the damage after a number of homes and businesses were destroyed by a tornado Sunday.

"I saw it and I thought, oh my God, this can't be happening," said John Scheneiders, a lifelong resident of Baxter Springs.

Nine people were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

Authorities say one person died Sunday night, though it was not due to the storm but rather a medical condition that could've been triggered by the threat of severe weather.

At least 100 homes in Baxter Springs were damaged in some way along with 12 businesses.

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.

Tulsa Red Cross crews have responded to Quapaw, Baxter Springs and Mayflower.

Meanwhile, Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state of emergency for Ottawa County and plans to tour the damage later in the day.

"Our hearts and prayers are with those who have been affected by Sunday's tornado," said Fallin.  "The state is prepared to offer every resource available to assist with cleanup, rebuilding and recovery."

The declaration is the first step toward seeking federal assistance if necessary.

President Obama has also pledged help after the devastating storms.

"Your country will be there to help you recover and rebuild, as long as it takes," he said.

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