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Tornadoes Rip Through Five States, Leaving Massive Damage Behind

4-27-11 Tornado Tuscaloosa, Al from Crimson Tide Productions on Vimeo. Massive natural disasters like this are only one reason why it's a really immoral idea to have a national spending cap, or to cut government services. The federal government

4-27-11 Tornado Tuscaloosa, Al from Crimson Tide Productions on Vimeo.

Massive natural disasters like this are only one reason why it's a really immoral idea to have a national spending cap, or to cut government services. The federal government will step in (as it should) with all kinds of aid to help the victims of this huge disaster, and it's going to cost money -- which, as tea lovers like to point out, doesn't grow on trees. This is why we don't cut FEMA, or aid to first responders, or highway crews, or any of the hundreds of necessary services that are on the chopping block right this minute -- because when you need them, you really need them:

PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. — More than 200 people died after more than 100 different tornadoes ripped through the South, leaving behind a trail of flattened homes and buildings in an region already battered by storms.

Tornado watches were issued Thursday by the National Weather Service along nearly the entire East Coast — from Georgia to the Boston area — a designation that carries with it the possibility of severe storms and winds in excess of 100 miles per hour.

“We expect an eruption of tornadic activity and thunder storms along a boundary moving along the Eastern seaboard,” said Mike Mach, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

States of emergency had been declared from Alabama to Virginia.

Alabama appears to have been hit the hardest, with at least 131 people killed and more than 300 injured by storms that descended on the northern and central parts of the state Wednesday evening, said Yasamie August, information manager of the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

President Obama, who is scheduled to visit Alabama on Friday, said at the White House on Thursday that “the loss of life has been heartbreaking, especially in Alabama.” He said the federal government “will do everything we can to help you and we will stand with you as you rebuild.”

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