President Obama signed a disaster declaration for Alabama Friday, and will visit the region today to survey the damage caused by a series of deadly tornadoes.
The tornado rampage is already being declared one of the five worst weather sprees in U.S. history, having killed at least 288 people and injuring at least 1,500.
The president and first lady will travel to Alabama today:
Air Force One will carry the Obamas to the state, where they are expected to meet Gov. Robert Bentley and then tour storm damaged areas. They are also expected to meet with families affected by the storms.
The White House would not publicly disclose which areas the president would be visiting or his schedule.
Today, the president noted the harm and pain the storms had caused across Alabama and the Deep South.
“The loss of life has been heartbreaking, especially in Alabama,” the president said during a White House briefing called to announce changes in his national security team.
Later, in a press release, the president said this about Alabama:
“Our hearts go to all those who have been affected by this devastation, and we commend the heroic efforts of those who have been working tirelessly to respond to this disaster.”