By James Franklin, Posted on ABC3340
MONTGOMERY, Ala. — According to Senator Shelby, President Trump has granted the Gov. Ivey’s request for an expedited major disaster declaration following Sunday’s tornadoes in Alabama.
An EF-4 tornado claimed 23 lives and left dozens more injured in the town of Beauregard in Lee County Sunday, making it the nation’s deadliest tornado in 6 years. The twister was one of at least 20 tornadoes that struck the southeast over the weekend.
Chris Darden, with the NWS, says the EF-4 tornado stayed on the ground about 70 miles before ending in Georgia. Additionally, an EF-2 tornado struck Eufaula and resulted in an estimated $100 million worth of damage, including significant damage to the city’s airport.
The declaration allows for grants for temporary housing, home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other programs to help those impacted by the tornadoes.
President Trump is expected to visit Alabama this Friday and survey the damage. He says “it’s been a tragic situation but a lot of good work is being done.”