President Obama spoke this afternoon, April 28, in response to the devastating storms that have ripped across the southeastern United States.
More Than 270 Deaths
CNN reports that more than 270 people have been killed by the wave of violent weather that has swept across the South the past two days.
Here’s what Mr. Obama had to say:
“The loss of life has been heartbreaking, especially in Alabama. In a matter of hours, these deadly tornadoes, some of the worst that we’ve seen in decades, took mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors, even entire communities. Others are injured, and some are still missing. And in many places the damage to homes and businesses is nothing short of catastrophic.
We can’t control when or where a terrible storm will strike, but we can control how we respond to it.”
He went on to announce that he had spoken with the governors of Alabama, Virginia, Mississipi, Tennessee and Georgia, and declared a state of emergency in Alabama.
President Obama Will Visit Alabama On Friday
After praising all those heroes who have been working tirelessly to protect and help their neighbors and friends, he announced that he would be visiting Alabama himself tomorrow (Friday).
Over 100 Tornadoes In This Destruction
From The Guardian:
The national weather service said more than 100 tornadoes had a part in the destruction, the deadliest since a 1974 storm killed 315 people. The authorities were warning that further storms were on their way.
“We are going to see more tornadoes and more severe weather across much of the south-east and into the north-east,” said Craig Fugate, the administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Service, in a video posted on the official website.
The national weather service has issued a number of short-lived tornado warnings, stretching into areas as far north as New York and south as far as Florida. There were flash flood warnings for parts of New York, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Arkansas, and Georgia. Severe thunderstorms were forecast for parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and Georgia.
But the weather service said further storms were unlikely to match the severity of Wednesday’s events.
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