Missouri Tornado Damage
May 24, 2011 by USA Post
Missouri Tornado Damage, President Barack Obama said he was “troubled” by the images of destruction in Joplin, Missouri, after one of the deadliest tornado on record and said it plans to go there May 29 to inspect the damage and offer condolences.
Obama told reporters in London that he wants people in areas affected by the storm, which killed at least 116 people, to know that “all of America cares deeply about them and we will do absolutely everything possible to ensure that recovery. ”
A wide tornado three-quarters of a mile crossed Joplin at 6 pm, destroying and damaging buildings, including St. John’s Regional Center physicians, state and local officials. The winds may have reached 198 miles (319 kilometers) per hour, said Jack Hayes, director of the National Weather Service.
Obama said the governor of Missouri, Jay Nixon said yesterday that “we will give every last drop of the resources the federal government must enforce.” Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano, also called Nixon.
Federal Emergency Management Craig Fugate is in Missouri today to ensure that the State is receiving federal aid total. Fugate Obama spoke this morning, the press secretary Jay Carney White House said.
“It will be important for us to make sure we are supporting our efforts of reconstruction after the news cameras leave,” Obama said at Winfield House, home of U.S. ambassador in the United Kingdom, during a stop on his tour of four European countries.
Obama said the devastation could be equivalent to what he saw during a visit to April 29, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where a tornado killed more than 200 people.
Joplin Mayor Mike Woolston declared a local disaster, according to the website of the city, while Nixon declared a state of emergency and sent National Guard troops.
Seven people were rescued yesterday in Joplin, according to Nixon. There were also scattered reports of looting in the city of 50,000 about 290 miles southwest of San Luis.
At least 481 people have died in tornadoes so far this year, the first that this figure has been reached, said Schneider.
The president left Dublin for the UK yesterday, a day ahead of schedule to stay ahead of a cloud of volcanic ash spewing from Iceland. Is attending a state dinner with Queen Elizabeth II tonight, followed by meetings of the prime minister, David Cameron, and a summit of leaders of the Group of Eight countries.
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