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Ala. Governor Unsure If State Will Receive Aid Following Christmas Tornado

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File photo of Ala. Gov. Robert Bentley addressing the media following the 2011 tornado. (credit: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

File photo of Ala. Gov. Robert Bentley addressing the media following the 2011 tornado. (credit: Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

PRICHARD, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says officials aren’t sure whether the state will qualify for federal aid to help with recovery from the Christmas Day tornado outbreak.

Bentley’s comments came Thursday in Prichard, where he is touring damage left by the storm. A twister left millions in damage at a trucking company the governor visited.

Bentley says the state is still compiling damage assessments from the storms, which hit multiple counties across the state. He says officials are trying to determine what sort of aid the state and local governments could receive.

Private agencies already are stepping in to help, with volunteers and groups feeding more than 1,000 people in Mobile and Pike County, two of the hardest-hit areas.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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