‘No red and blue tornadoes’ Joe Biden urges unity during visit to disaster-stricken states

Kentucky tornado: Warehouse left badly damaged in Mayfield

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Touted as “one of the largest tornado outbreaks in US history”, the storm hit Midwest America and caused eighty-eight casualties. More than 30 tornadoes tore through Kentucky and seven other states, leaving thousands homeless and without power.

After witnessing the devastating impact of the storm on Mayfield from a helicopter, the 46th US President spoke with local officials and said: “I am here to listen.”

He said the damage was some of the worst he had seen and reassured residents that federal aid would continue.

He stated tragedies like this one “brings people together or it knocks them apart.”

The US President continued: “There’s no red tornadoes and blue tornadoes.”

The search-and-rescue and emergency response teams have been sent to Kentucky along with teams to help survivors register for assistance by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Dozens of generators into the state, along with 135,000 gallons of water, 74,000 meals and thousands of cots, blankets, infant toddler kits and pandemic shelter kits have also been sent by the agency.

According to Sky News, Michelle Anderson, 68, was sheltering from the storm in her bathtub with her cat when the tornado ripped the roof off her apartment.

She wanted to see Mr Biden and to ask how he was “going to help individuals who have been affected by this”.

Tara Wilson, a local woman helping to set up a mobile counselling site for storm victims, said the president’s visit was a “very positive thing”.

Despite the town being in a historically Republican region, Mrs Wilson and her husband, Jeff, hoped the visit would unite the community, Sky News claimed.

There have been several extreme weather events in the US since Joe Biden took charge.

One month into his term he declared a major disaster as Texas was hit by freezing winter storms.

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Visits to Idaho, Colorado and California quickly followed due to wildfires in the summer.

Hurricane Ida sent Mr Biden to Louisiana as well as New Jersey and New York in September.

The disasters have provided further evidence for the president’s focus on combating climate change.

The infrastructure bill, signed into law last month, allocated billions of dollars for Mr Biden’s climate resilience projects which hope to build better defences against future storms, wildfires and other natural disasters.

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