Auburn Football Team's Trip to White House Canceled in Aftermath of Tornadoes

Nathan Deal@@NateDawgAUCorrespondent IApril 28, 2011

A tornado is spotted in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27, 2011. My prayers and thoughts are with all affected by this tragedy.
A tornado is spotted in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on April 27, 2011. My prayers and thoughts are with all affected by this tragedy.

April 27, 2011 was a tragic day for many people around the South of the United States.

Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and Mississippi were all hammered by tornadoes, and the death toll has risen to 248 with many more people missing.

The powerful twisters ripped through the region, destroying buildings, streets and, most unfortunately, lives.

The largest tornado outbreak in 40 years has left many in a state of shock, even those like me who were able to stay out of the tornadoes' paths. It was just a tragic event that can't even be put into words.

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends to all the victims.

In the aftermath of this, Auburn's football team, which went 14-0 and won the BCS National Championship, has canceled its scheduled trip to visit President Obama at the White House. The trip was scheduled for Friday, April 29, but it's hard to have a celebratory event in the wake of such a catastrophe.

Obama plans to visit Alabama to help the region recover.

The city, in Alabama and maybe the entire South, that might have been hit the hardest was Tuscaloosa, which is home to the University of Alabama. By now you've likely seen the terrifying footage of the tornadoes in Tuscaloosa.

One of the tornadoes that hit Tuscaloosa was reported to be a mile wide in length. Think about that, folks. A mile-wide tornado.

In the wake of the storms in Tuscaloosa that have ripped parts of the city to shreds, an Auburn fan and his friends started a fundraiser named "Toomer's for Tuscaloosa"—a name inspired by the Alabama fundraiser "Tide for Toomer's," started by compassionate Alabama fans to raise money for Toomer's Corner in Auburn, where the famous oak trees rolled by fans were poisoned, according to The Tuscaloosa News.

People in the South plan to bond together and get through this as always.

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