President Barack Obama is touring storm-wracked neighborhoods and commercial sections of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and talking to survivors. He says he's "never seen devastation like this."
Obama visited a neighborhood grotesquely deformed by the twister, with uprooted trees and demolished houses. The tornado's surgery-like precision was evident at one house, its side brutally shorn off while a night stand and lamp remained intact inside. Obama said the damage was the consequence of just a few minutes of "this extraordinarily powerful storm."
Obama offered a message to Alabama residents: "We're going to make sure you're not forgotten."
The president added Alabama to a Friday travel day that is taking him on to Cape Canaveral, Fla., to see the final launch of the space shuttle Endeavour.