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Obama to visit tornado ravaged Alabama


US President Barack Obama is due in Alabama today after nature unleashed her fury across the American south.

The death toll from the worst series of tornadoes in almost four decades is close to 300 and expected to rise.

Alabama was worst hit: two-thirds of the deaths were in this state where damage is expected to run into billions of dollars.

A million people are without electricity, partly because of the closure of the Browns Ferry nuclear power plant where transmission was hit. But operators say back-up systems are working and there’s no danger of a Japan-style disaster.

Days of twisters and violent storms have left a trail of death and destruction across Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Virginia and Louisiana too.

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