"My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims of this terrible disaster. Martha and I extend our sincerest condolences to the families of those lost in these storms, and we mourn with them on this sad day. The recovery effort will take weeks and months, but the devastation and loss that occurred here is unforgettable.
We are also grateful to the first responders, medical professionals, local law enforcement, city and state officials, and National Guardsmen and women who are working to assist citizens in need. This disaster has demonstrated the great courage and spirit of Alabamians, and we will continue to work together to overcome this tragedy and rebuild our communities."