An EF5 tornado (a designation reserved for the most volatile tornado) destroyed Tuscaloosa County and parts of Jefferson County in Alabama. Entire towns were flattened over the course of a 6 hour time period, destroying the lives of poor, rural, black southerners. The storms killed over 200 people in 36 hours. The current death toll for the southeast region is at 340 and rising. Over 100,000 residents are without housing, running water, food, and clothing and are exposed to natural gas leaks. They are left defenseless, without fire or police response teams, grocery stores, or gas stations. President Obama, who has visited Iraq many times, is quoted as saying, “I’ve never seen devastation like this,” during his trip to Alabama, on April 29, 2011.