Trump goes to Alabama after deadly tornadoes

By Meg Wagner, Brian Ries and Jessie Yeung, CNN
4:10 p.m. ET, March 8, 2019
10:02 a.m. ET, March 8, 2019

Trump: "We'll be working very hard" in Alabama

President Trump briefly spoke with reporters before departing for Alabama, which suffered devastating tornadoes this past week.

“The people of Alabama, they got hit very hard by the tornadoes," Trump said. "We are going to do a lot of work. We'll be working very hard."

He will meet with Gov. Kay Ivey during the visit, before continuing on to Florida.

8:34 a.m. ET, March 8, 2019

Trump is heading to Alabama today

From CNN's Madison Park

President Donald Trump will visit Alabama on Friday, after several tornadoes devastated parts of the state earlier this week, killing 23 people.

He will travel mid-day to Lee County, which suffered the brunt of the damage.

"It's a tragic situation, but a lot of work is getting done," Trump had said earlier this week.

Many in Alabama are still digging through the rubble and mourning the deaths after 12 tornadoes struck the state on Sunday. About 30 tornadoes hammered the Southeast that day, said Chris Darden of the National Weather Service office in Birmingham.