Obama to visit Alabama tornado zone Friday

WASHINGTON Thu Apr 28, 2011 1:58pm EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will visit Alabama on Friday to view the damage from deadly tornadoes, the White House said.

Obama received an update on the disaster from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other officials. Obama has already declared that an emergency exists in Alabama, the hardest-hit of Southern states ravaged by storms this week.

Obama is to stop in Alabama on his way to Cape Canaveral, Florida, to view the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. He will meet the Alabama governor as well as local officials.

(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Eric Beech)

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