Donald Trump arrives in Alabama to survey areas devastated by deadly tornadoes.

Donald Trump arrives in Alabama to survey areas devastated by deadly tornadoes.

March 8, 2019– Mary Greeley News – WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump headed to Alabama on Friday to survey the damage from a deadly tornado that devastated a small town, killing nearly two dozen people.

BEAUREGARD, Alabama (REUTERS) – US President Donald Trump on Friday (March 8) visited communities in eastern Alabama devastated by tornadoes that tore through homes and businesses, killing 23 people.

The president and first lady Melania Trump took a helicopter tour of the area before visiting the homes of some of the victims in the tiny and especially hard-hit community of Beauregard, near the border with Georgia.

Their motorcade passed trees knocked down like kindling and homes scattered in pieces.

Donald Trump arrives in Alabama to survey areas devastated by deadly tornadoes.

Trump was expected to tour rural Lee County in eastern Alabama, where 23 people died Sunday in a massive EF4 tornado that carved a path of destruction nearly a mile wide with 170 mph (270 kph) winds.

It was one of at least 38 tornadoes confirmed to have touched down across the Southeast in a deadly weekend outbreak.

“Beauregard supports Trump,” said a sign held up by a man as the vehicles passed.

“This is unbelievable,” Trump said as he and Alabama Governor Kay Ivey surveyed the devastation.

He said he had seen”unbelievable” destruction from the air, too.

Donald Trump arrives in Alabama to survey areas devastated by deadly tornadoes.

Touring the area where a violent tornado touched down earlier in the week, President Trump signed Bibles for supporters who gathered to see him at a Baptist church in Opelika, Ala

Ada Ingram, a volunteer at the church, said Trump signed several hats and Bibles, and praised the president for taking the time to travel to Alabama.

Trump has said he’s instructed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to give Alabama “the A Plus treatment” as the state recovers.

The Alabama damage was officially deemed a disaster on Tuesday, with Trump ordering federal aid to supplement the ongoing state and local recovery efforts.

Ivey has also signed a disaster assistance agreement with FEMA and ordered state flags flown at half-staff until sunset Sunday.

The Beauregard, Alabama tornado was the deadliest to hit the U.S. since May 2013, when an EF5 twister 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. Several people in Georgia were also injured by twisters that also extended to Florida and South Carolina, according to the National Weather Service.

Trump had said earlier this week that the country was “sending our love and prayers to the incredible people of Alabama” and that “whatever we can do, we’re doing.”

Alabama and several other Southern states could soon be under threat of more severe storms — including tornadoes — with a new system expected to reach the South this weekend, according to forecasters.

Trump had already been scheduled to fly south Friday for a weekend at his private Mar-a-Lago club and will be heading there after the tour.

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