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President Obama to visit storm-damaged Arkansas

By Kyle Johnson,

Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor announced President Barack Obama is set to visit the damaged areas of the state on Wednesday, which were hit by the heavy storm system which triggered several tornadoes.

Pryor said in a statement, "We have disaster relief funding headed our way, but there's more we can do to give Arkansans the help they need." He added, according to the Gannett Washington Bureau, "I'm pleased the president is headed to Arkansas and can see the devastation first hand."

This past Sunday, storms hit the state hard creating tornadoes, which destroyed over 260 homes, killed about 15 people and left over 140 with injuries. Obama previously said that Faulkner County was a major disaster area, which made the area eligible for relief assistance. He hasn't visited the state since before he was elected president.

His visit was confirmed by the White House and officials said that he would spend time meeting with first responders and survivors of the deadly storms, reports The Washington Post. After visiting Arkansas, Obama is scheduled to head to California, for previously scheduled Democratic fundraisers.

Arkansas wasn't the only state hit by the storms, as Oklahoma and Alabama also saw tornadoes and the Gulf Coast was inundated with heavy rains.

 
 

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