President Obama addresses regional severe weather damage

President Obama on Saturday mobilized an effort to address severe weather that hit several states in our region.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and its federal partners are working together to address severe weather that hit parts of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the District of Columbia.

The coordinated effort comes in response to Friday evening’s damaging winds, hail and severe thunderstorms, the White House said.

The president called Ohio Governor John Kasich, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, and West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to receive an update on the severe storms that impacted a series of Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states overnight, the White House said.

Obama made the call to also “express his condolences for the loss of life and his concern for individuals and first responders still confronting the destruction and loss of power that is impacting communities as a result."

"The President told the Governors that he has directed FEMA to ensure they continue to provide necessary support to state and local officials in impacted areas as they respond to these events, especially considering the power outages and the high temperatures many of the impacted areas are currently experiencing,” the White House said. { }

The president also continues to receive updates in his close coordination with FEMA on addressing the severe weather.