PRESIDENT Joe Biden is set to speak this afternoon after visiting with families who lost loved ones in the devastating tornadoes this week.
Biden landed in Kentucky on Wednesday morning to survey damage and pledge federal support for the victims of devastating storms that killed dozens and left thousands without heat, water or electricity.
More than 30 tornadoes tore through Kentucky and at least four other states over the weekend, killing at least 88 people, demolishing homes, and downing power lines.
Biden’s focus Wednesday was on Kentucky, where five twisters hit, including one with an extraordinarily long path of about 200 miles (322 kilometers), authorities said.
Besides the deaths in Kentucky, the tornadoes also killed at least six people in Illinois, where the Amazon distribution center in Edwardsville was hit; four in Tennessee; two in Arkansas, where a nursing home was destroyed and the governor said workers shielded residents with their own bodies; and two in Missouri.
Biden's visit and speech come as his approval rating continues to slide, with his handling of the economy, Covid, and gun violence being heavily criticized in a new Ipsos poll.
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