Biden directs immediate surge of federal resources to states hit by deadly tornadoes

President Joe Biden on Saturday directed that federal resources be surged to locations with the greatest need after a series of tornadoes and severe weather ripped through several. states, the White House said.

Biden was briefed about the devastating tornadoes by Deanne Criswell, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, White House Homeland Security Adviser Liz Sherwood-Randall, and other senior officials, it said.

FEMA is sending emergency response personnel, water and other needed commodities to the region, and Biden’s order will make other federal resources and personnel available.

More than 70 people are feared dead after a series of tornadoes tore through several states late Friday, said Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear.

“This is the most devastating, most deadly tornado event in Kentucky’s history,” Beshear said in a news conference Saturday afternoon. Beshear said he expects the death toll to exceed 100.

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