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Bush Visits Sites of Deadly Tornadoes

President Bush traveled south Friday to inspect the damage of the Tuesday tornadoes, reported the Star Tribune.

Tornadoes hit Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Alabama, and killed 54 people. This was the deadliest U.S. tornado outbreak since the mid-1980s, Reuters said.

According to the Star Tribune, Bush consoled the tornado survivors of Macon County in Tennessee, one of most devastated areas with 14 deaths. Bush recognized the terrible damage and loss, but he promised the nation would help them rebuild.

He declared major disasters in Tennessee and Arkansas, which gives the affected communities access to federal funding. Along with local funds, the government will help cover some debris removal costs and assist individuals.

Although other states were hit by tornadoes, the White House said Tennessee and Arkansas are the only two that have asked for help.