Obama Visits Alabama After Devastating Tornadoes

Powerful storms leave more than 200 dead across the state.

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President Obama visited Alabama Friday to meet with Gov. Robert Bentley after tornadoes devastated the state and left more than 200 people there dead. "I want every American who has been affected 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," Obama said in Washington on Thursday. The death toll from the storms that swept six states stands at 297, with a number of people still missing. More than a million homes and businesses in Alabama are still without power. In the college town of Tuscaloosa, one of the areas hardest hit by the tornado, 37 have been killed. Residents there are calling this disaster "Alabama's Katrina," CBS reports. Search and rescue missions have now become search and recovery efforts, as teams look to recover bodies from the rubble.

--Caitlin Huey-Burns