April 29, 2011 Natural disasters are no respecters of political parties or any of the other numerous ways humans use to separate themselves from each other. That seems to get largely ignored until calamities strike. Then, state officials who usually pan feds as intrusive welcome help from Washington.
April 28, 2011 President Obama plans his second presidential visit to Alabama Friday. This time he will view firsthand the widespread tornado damage in the state. Last year, he visited in the state's Gulf Coast in the wake of the BP oil spill. His visits to political red states tend to happen after tragedies.
April 28, 2011 Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency has posted a video in which he warns that "today, we're going to see more severe weather." So, he says, "have a safe place to go and act quickly" if a tornado is near.
Residents survey the destruction after a tornado hit Pratt City, Ala. just north of downtown Birmingham, Ala. on Wednesday, April 27, 2011.
April 28, 2011 "You're talking about whole neighborhoods of housing just completely gone. Churches, gone. Businesses, gone. I'm not talking about just roofs being blown off, but just completely gone," says Mayor William Bell. Dozens of deaths have been reported.
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