Storm Team 12 meteorologist Ross Janssen was in Joplin, Missouri Monday as President Barack Obama delivered a speech to high school graduating seniors, marks one year of progress since a devastating tornado.
Ross was part of the presidential motorcade and said that security around the president was tight.
“The place is just crawling with security,” says Ross. “The best description I can give you is it’s like hornets on a hornets nest. They’re just constantly guarding that one person.”
Ross was able to meet and take pictures of his time in the presidential motorcade.
Ross also toured the damage and the cleanup efforts Monday. He says about 95% of the debris from the May 22 storm is picked up, and many have already started rebuilding.
One notable exception is the high school, which was leveled by the tornado. A large debris pile remains where the school once stood and the town has not yet broken ground on a new one.
This week, the district will break ground on a new high school, middle school and two elementary schools.