US tor­nado out­break death toll rises

Halifax Courier - - Uk+world -

AT least 291 peo­ple were killed across six states – more than twothirds of them in Alabama – as Amer­ica’s dead­li­est tor­nado out­break in al­most four decades de­stroyed en­tire neigh­bour­hoods.

Fire­fight­ers searched one splin­tered pile af­ter an­other for sur­vivors, comb­ing the re­mains of houses and neigh­bour­hoods of large large cities that bore the scars the twisters left be­hind.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama trav­elled to Alabama to see the storm dam­age and talk to af­fected fam­i­lies.

“We can’t con­trol when or where a ter­ri­ble storm may strike, but we can con­trol how we re­spond to it,” Mr Obama said. “And I want ev­ery Amer­i­can who has been af­fected by this disas­ter to know that the fed­eral gov­ern­ment will do ev­ery­thing we can to help you re­cover.”

The storm pre­dic­tion cen­tre re­ceived 164 tor­nado re­ports around the re­gion, but it could take days to get a fi­nal count.

Wrecked: Francine Rollins and Ron­droka Long sit among rub­ble in their Tuscaloosa neigh­bour­hood in Alabama

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