Obama arrives in Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - President Barack Obama is in storm-wracked Alabama to get a firsthand look at some of the worst devastation left behind by dozens of tornadoes that swept across the Southeast.

Obama landed Friday under blue skies that belied nature's wreckage. About 300 people have been killed by the storms, among the most powerful ever recorded.

The stop in Tuscaloosa was a late addition to Obama's schedule. He's also planning to go to Cape Canaveral, Fla., for the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour and then to send off graduates with a commencement address at Miami Dade College.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama was visiting Alabama to witness the damage and "to make clear the administration's commitment to helping in any way that it can."

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