Gov. Robert Bentley To Tour Mobile Tornado Damage
Gov. Robert Bentley speaking to reporters this morning at Athens State University. (Photo by Al Whitaker, WHNT News 19)
MOBILE, Ala. (AL.com) – According to our news partners at al.com, Gov. Robert Bentley will be in Mobile on Thursday to visit areas that were damaged on Christmas by a tornado.
Bad weather hit Tuesday evening and left path of destruction in Prichard and in several different areas of Mobile, including Midtown.
Bentley wants to the see the affected areas first-hand and listen to the concerns of the people impacted by the storm, said Jeremy King, a governor’s office spokesman.
“The purpose of the visit is to see exactly what the community experienced, to visit with the folks who have suffered and loss, to offer help in any way possible and to connect various communities to whatever resources the state can,” King said.
The governor’s first stop will be at Murphy High School, 100 South Carlen St., which was severely damaged by the storm. Bentley plans to arrive at about 8:45 a.m.
Mobile County Public Schools Superintendent Martha Peek is expected to be at the school when the governor arrives, King said.
The governor also plans to go by Miller Transporters, 206 Telegraph Rd. in Prichard. Bentley is scheduled to arrive there about 9:45 a.m.
King said local officials and state lawmakers have been made aware of the governor’s visit and have been invited to join him. King said the governor also may go to other storm-damaged Mobile areas.
Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner will be with Bentley during the visit. Faulkner also was in Mobile today.