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Obama pledges help to storm-battered southeastern U.S.

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 01:35

Apr 28 - At the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke of the ''heartbreaking'' loss of life and property that has affected a large swath of the country. Jon Decker reports.

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Storm chasers captured dramatic video of four tornadoes moving through the southeastern United States on Wednesday sending debris into the air and flattening neighborhoods in the process. The video shows tornadoes in Philadelphia and Scooba, Mississippi, and north of Centreville, Alabama, as well as the beginning of the devastating tornado that touched down near Tuscaloosa, Alabama. At the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama spoke of the "heartbreaking" loss of life and property that has affected a large swath of the country. (SOUNDBITE) (English) U.S. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA, SAYING: "We can't control when or where a terrible storm may strike, but we can control how we respond to it and I want every American who has been effected by this disaster to know that the federal government will do everything we can to help you recover and we will stand with you as you rebuild." While Obama has declared a state of emergency for Alabama, the town of Smithville, Mississippi looked like a war zone on Thursday after a violent storm tore through overnight, killing at least 13 people, scattering debris throughout the town and smashing cars beyond recognition. At least 284 people have been killed by devastating storms that ripped through seven southern states over the last 48 hours. Jon Decker, Reuters.

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Obama pledges help to storm-battered southeastern U.S.

Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 01:35