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May 4, 2014 7:41 AM by Jeff Langan

Obama to visit tornado victims in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - President Barack Obama will travel to Arkansas on Wednesday to visit communities that were hit by a deadly tornado.

The White House says the president will survey the damage from last Sunday's tornado and meet with families who were affected, first responders and recovery workers.

The tornado killed 15 people and destroyed hundreds of homes as it cut an 80-mile path through Arkansas.

The Obama administration has already designated hard-hit Faulkner County as a major disaster area. The National Weather Service has said the twister was a "high-end" EF4, with winds reaching 166 mph to 200 mph.

This will be Obama's first trip as president to Arkansas, a state he lost in the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections and where he remains unpopular.

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