President Biden Visits Tornado-Devastated Areas in Kentucky to Survey Damage

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As residents in Kentucky cope with death and destruction in the wake of tornadoes and severe storms, President Joe Biden traveled to the Bluegrass State Wednesday – getting a first-hand look at the devastation. One survivor recalled the tragic moment.

“It was really difficult to breathe,” said Jim Douglas, who survived the Candle Factory collapse. “I was definitely being crushed.”

The president arrived in Fort Campbell for a briefing – followed by visits to Mayfield and Dawson Springs – two of the towns hardest hit.

“The way people just come out of nowhere to help as a community, and that’s what it’s supposed to be, that’s what America’s supposed to be,” said President Joe Biden. “There’s no red tornadoes or blue tornadoes, there’s no red states or blue states when this stuff starts to happen.”

Over the weekend, at least 88 people were killed in the storms impacting parts of the Midwest and the South – including at least 71 in Kentucky, according to the state’s governor. More than 100 people in Kentucky remain missing, with thousands more still without power.

“We are now delivering life sustaining support, search and rescue operations, the delivery of food, water, blankets and emergency shelter, providing generators to get nursing homes and medical facilities up and running again,” said Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas.