Mobile tornado 2012

Mobile Mayor Sam Jones says federal support in the aftermath of two tornadoes that struck the city within the same week might be tough to come by. reports ( that Jones made the comments to Mobile's city council on Wednesday.

The city on Thursday will submit its request, including a damage assessment, to the Mobile County Emergency Management Agency, which will in turn submit it to the state. It will be up to Gov. Robert Bentley's office to determine if the request should be forwarded to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for consideration.

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Authorities say a church that was damaged in the tornado that hit Alabama on Christmas day has been burglarized. reports a burglar kicked in the front door of Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church and stole microphones and amplifiers Sunday night. Authorities say several church windows were also broken.

The church on St. Charles Avenue has been closed since last week's tornado.

Authorities say the burglary was discovered by people who were at the church Monday taking inventory for insurance purposes.

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley plans to visit locations in the Troy area in Pike County that were affected by Christmas Day tornadoes.

The governor plans to visit Brantley Mobile Home Park in Troy at 1:45 p.m. Friday. At 2:45 p.m. Friday he will visit a home on Pike County Road 2214 to survey damage from the storms.

Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner will join the governor to survey the damage. The governor made a similar trip Thursday to survey storm damage in Mobile.

The governor will also visit with local officials while in the Troy area.

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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.

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Relief agencies and volunteers are helping out victims of the tornadoes that hit Alabama on Christmas Day.

The American Red Cross says volunteers have distributed bottled water, shovels, rakes and clean-up kits to people in Mobile and Prichard, where dozens of homes were damaged. They've also provided tarps to people whose roofs were damaged.

The Salvation Army says it has fed more than 1,000 people in Mobile, and it's also providing food in Troy. A tornado caused widespread damage in the southeast Alabama county.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to tour the Mobile area to visit neighborhoods that were impacted by the storm system that recently tore through the area.

Officials in Bentley's office have announced the governor plans to join Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner Thursday to ensure communities that were impacted by the storm are connected to the resources they need.

Alabama Power officials say they've been able to restore most of the power to customers in the Mobile area in the wake of Christmas Day storms.

Authorities early Wednesday were hoping to get a clearer picture of the damage done by storms in Alabama as daylight revealed the extent of the destruction.

Alabama Power officials said Wednesday morning that its crews have restored power to most of the 25,800 customers in the Mobile area who lost power. About 5,700 were still without power as of 7 a.m. Wednesday in the Mobile area.

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Authorities on Wednesday were hoping to get a clearer picture of the damage done by storms in Alabama as daylight revealed the extent of the destruction.

In Mobile's downtown area, a school, church and several homes were damaged by a likely tornado on Christmas Day before the storm system that brought twisters to many places in the South moved to other parts of the state.

Despite the damage in Mobile, fire officials said they completed a door-to-door search and found two people who needed to go to shelters, but no injuries.