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President Biden will travel to Kentucky on Wednesday to survey the state's tornado damage, the White House announced on Monday.

Driving the news: Tornados and storms ripped through western Kentucky and five other states Friday into Saturday, killing more than 60 people and leaving a trail of destruction.

Details: The president will travel to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, for a storm briefing. He will also travel to Mayfield and Dawson Springs, two of the hardest-hit areas, to survey the damage.

  • President Biden on Sunday declared a major disaster in Kentucky in response to the deadly tornadoes.
  • The declaration will assist with responses such as grants for temporary housing and home repairs. Biden also ordered federal aid to supplement recovery efforts in areas of Kentucky "affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, and tornadoes beginning on December 10, 2021, and continuing," according to the order.

What they're saying: "We’re going to get this done; we’re going to be there as long as it takes to help," Biden told reporters, adding that the federal government will stay in the state as long as it is needed.

  • The president said that the "mental health" of the victims and "the uncertainty" worry him the most.
  • “We can’t say it was with absolute certainty” that the tornadoes were because of climate change, but it “certainly is one of the worst disasters.”

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U.S. had its second-highest total of billion dollar climate disasters in 2021

A home burns in the Centennial Heights neighborhood of Louisville, Colo., on Dec. 30, 2021. Photo: Marc Piscotty/Getty Images

Last year featured the second-highest number of billion-dollar weather and climate disasters on record in the contiguous U.S., according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Why it matters: The extreme events of 2021 affected the public health of millions of Americans, destroyed homes and upended livelihoods, and demonstrated the escalating human and financial costs of global warming.

45 million Americans under winter storm watches near New England

Computer model projection showing the winds moving around the powerful East Coast storm on Saturday Jan. 29, 2022. Image: https://earth.nullschool.net

Nearly 45 million Americans are under winter weather alerts and warnings from North Carolina to northeastern Maine Thursday night, as a major winter storm threatens the region.

Why it matters: It is predicted to be the biggest blizzard since 2018 to strike the Northeast with more than 2 feet of snow possible in parts of eastern Massachusetts, according to the National Weather Service.

Judge nixes Gulf of Mexico oil leases in climate-focused ruling

Tug boats prepare to tow the semi-submersible drilling platform Noble Danny Adkins through the Port Aransas Channel into the Gulf of Mexico on December 12, 2020 in Port Aransas, Texas. Photo: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

A federal judge on Thursday canceled the Biden administration's late 2021 sale of new oil-and-gas drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico.

Why it matters: The ruling that the greenhouse gas emissions analysis by the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was insufficient is a win for green groups that challenged the decision, as they seek to curb fossil fuel production.