The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has canceled plans to furlough 12,000 employees, including those working for the National Weather Service, our colleague Jason Samenow of the Capital Weather Gang reported over the weekend.

Family and friends pick through tornado debris at the site where Travis Cotten’s home once stood in Moore, Okla. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

In an e-mail to the staff sent late Friday, NOAA acting administrator Kathryn Sullivan said the Department of Commerce, which oversees NOAA, had been given new flexibility in how it spends its funding and has developed a new plan that eliminates furloughs.

Sullivan noted that the recent spate of devastating tornadoes in Oklahoma and Missouri “remind us how important every single employee within NOAA is to the health, safety and well-being of this nation.”