Obama to visit Arkansas towns hit by tornado

AP News
Posted: May 03, 2014 10:24 AM

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says President Barack Obama has accepted his invitation to visit the Arkansas communities that were hit last week by a deadly tornado.

Pryor's office announced Saturday that Obama plans to visit the state Wednesday to survey the tornado damage. Fifteen people died in the storm. Details were not immediately available on which communities the president would visit.

The Obama administration has already designated Faulkner County, which was hit hardest Sunday night, as a major disaster area.

The visit marks Obama's first trip as president to Arkansas, a state he lost in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections and where he remains deeply unpopular. The last time he visited Arkansas was as a United States senator in 2006 to campaign for Mike Beebe's successful bid for governor.