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Trump Expresses Support for Alabama as Deadly Tornadoes Hit Southern US State

© REUTERS / Jeff Piotrowski A Tornado is seen in Keystone Lake, Oklahoma, March 25, 2015
A Tornado is seen in Keystone Lake, Oklahoma, March 25, 2015 - Sputnik International
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US President Donald Trump has offered words of support to the residents of Alabama as deadly tornadoes swept through the southern state on Sunday.

“To the great people of Alabama and surrounding areas: Please be careful and safe. Tornadoes and storms were truly violent and more could be coming. To the families and friends of the victims, and to the injured, God bless you all!” Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, media reported that at least 23 people had been killed as a result of powerful tornadoes in Alabama, adding that people were still being reported missing.

At least 40 people were reported injured. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has extended a state of emergency issued on 23 February statewide over flooding caused by heavy rains and severe weather.

The Russian Consulate General in Houston, meanwhile, said that it has maintained contact with the sheriff's office and the emergency services of Lee County, Alabama, to be in the know if there are Russian citizens among the victims.

READ MORE: Tornado in State of Illinois Injures 25 People, Damages 100 Buildings — Reports

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