Obama orders emergency aid to storm-hit US state.
"I have ordered the federal government to move quickly in our response and informed (Alabama s governor) that I approved his request for emergency federal assistance, including search and rescue assets," he said.
"While we may not know the extent of the damage for days, we will continue to monitor these severe storms across the country and stand ready to continue to help the people of Alabama and all citizens affected by these storms."
He made his remarks in an official statement as at least 56 people were reported killed by severe storms that spawned deadly tornadoes across the central and southern United States.
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