WASHINGTON (NewsNation Now) – President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Kentucky on Wednesday to survey the damage and offer federal assistance to victims of a four-city tornado that has killed dozens and thousands. another in an area without heat, water or electricity.
At least 88 people died after more than 30 tornadoes tore through Kentucky and four other states over the weekend. In Kentucky, five bends hit the state, authorities said, including one with a path of about 200 miles.
Biden will visit Fort Campbell for a hurricane press conference and Mayfield and Dawson Springs to survey storm damage. While Biden is not expected to give the address, he has scheduled to meet with hurricane victims and local officials for federal assistance.
Biden “wants to hear directly from people and he wants to support them directly,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki.
Residents at the Bowling Green shelter told NewsNation they were “eager to hear good news from the president” as the state is on a long road to recovery.
Biden’s trip to Kentucky comes at the end of a year marked by a notable increase in extreme weather events driven primarily by climate change. Just a month after being sworn in, Biden traveled to Houston to survey the damage caused by last winter’s historic hurricanes there. He eventually traveled to Idaho, Colorado and California to survey wildfire damage during the summer, as well as Louisiana, New Jersey and New York earlier this fall after Hurricane Ida tore through the area.
The president’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill, signed into law last month, is expected to provide some relief. It includes billions of dollars for climate-resilient projects to better protect people and property from future storms, wildfires and other natural disasters. His proposed $2 trillion social spending package, still awaiting Congressional approval, includes another billion dollars to help move the nation away from oil, gas and coal and toward widespread use of clean energy and electric vehicles.
In addition to the Kentucky deaths, tornadoes also killed at least six people in Illinois, where Amazon’s distribution center in Edwardsville was hacked; four in Tennessee; two in Arkansas, where a nursing home was demolished and the governor said workers covered residents with their own bodies; and two in Missouri.
President signed two federal disaster declarations for Kentucky over the weekend, providing federal aid for search and rescue and cleanup operations, as well as aid for temporary housing and helping individuals and businesses recover.
Biden has stated that the federal government is committed to providing whatever the affected states need in the wake of the storm.
“We’re going to get this done,” Biden said. “We’ll be there for as long as necessary to help.”
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