President Obama will visit Missouri Sunday to meet with victims of the storm that devastated the town of Joplin, Mo. two days ago and to hear about the disaster response from emergency officials.

Speaking from London, where he is on the second leg of a six-day European trip, Obama said he wanted to let the storm’s victims know “that all of America cares deeply about them and that we are going to do absolutely everything we can to make sure that they recover.”

Noting that the unusually powerful tornado “compounded what has already been an extraordinary storm season throughout the Midwest and in the South,” Obama pledged to support the affected communities “until every house is repaired, until every neighborhood is rebuilt, until every business is back on its feet.”

He said that while in Missouri, he is hoping “to pray with folks and give them whatever assurance and comfort I can that the entire country is going to be behind them.”