Trumps tour tornado damage in Alabama, meet with survivors, sign boy's Bible

Trumps tour tornado damage in Alabama, meet with survivors, sign boy's Bible

Trumps tour tornado damage in Alabama, meet with survivors, sign boy's Bible

Rescue workers are continuing to search parts of rural eastern Alabama despite declining hopes of finding any more survivors after six tornadoes ripped across the state killing 23 people, including three children, and leaving hundreds homeless.

Trump said "it's been a tragic situation but a lot of good work is being done". "It's a tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families".

Trump and first lady Melania Trump, flew south to Georgia and then took a helicopter to Alabama, landing at a regional airport in Auburn.

"We're in the process of coming up with a game plan to see how we can help those affected by this tornado", Johnson said Monday. Mangled metal siding, wood planks and piping lay strewn on the ground, along with the remnants of everyday life: items of clothing, a sofa, a bottle of Lysol cleaner, and a welcome mat encrusted with dirt. Trump hugged members of the family.

"It's terrible", the governor told reporters Wednesday as she took a walking tour past shattered mobile homes as residents hunted amid piles of debris for belongings they could salvage.

At the relief center at Providence Baptist Church, Trump thanked law enforcement officials and other first responders, and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, who oversees FEMA. Also dead, they said, were seven cousins by both blood and marriage: Eric Jamal Stenson, 38; Florel Tate Stenson; 63; Henry Lewis Stenson; 65; James Henry Tate, 86; Tresia Robinson, 62; Raymond Robinson Jr., 63; and Maggie Delight Robinson, 57. Her friend survived and was being treated at a hospital on Monday, WSFA's Jennifer Hornton revealed in a Facebook post. He signed other items, too, including cellphones.

Trump ordered federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, and tornadoes.

"This is a marathon, not a sprint", Sowell said. "There are slabs where homes normally stood". Minutes before, she was arguing with relatives who opposed Trump's visit, calling it more about politics than compassion. I don't why the hurricane happened [either]. "I want him right here on this land because my mom is about love and unity". "We're basically using everything we can get our hands on", the sheriff said. A mobile home crushed by two trees marked the end of the path of destruction.

"Houses need to be replaced".

Commenting on the destruction, Trump said: "We saw things that you wouldn't believe".

Saturday night, the threat will likely continue after dark as the storms move east into Alabama, forecasters said.

Darden said the "monster tornado" was the deadliest twister to hit the USA since May 2013, when an EF-5 killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma.

The dead included four children and a couple in their 80s, with 10 victims belonging to a single extended family.

The Beauregard tornado was the deadliest to hit the USA since May 2013, when an EF5 twister killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program will provide assistance to residents of Lee County, Alabama.

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