President Trump to tour tornado damage in Tennessee on Friday

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump said he will travel to Tennessee on Friday to review recovery efforts from the “horrible” and “very vicious” tornadoes that killed at least 19 people.

“We’re working with the leaders in Tennessee,” Trump said prior to a speech at the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference. “We will recover.”

The tornadoes were part of a storm stretching from Texas to North Carolina. One tornado spawned early Tuesday and slashed through Nashville for miles, leaving destroyed homes and downed powerlines in its wake. At least 48 structures collapsed around Nashville, according to the Nashville Fire Department.

Trump did not provide any other details about his Tennessee trip.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee declared a state of emergency.

“It is heartbreaking,” Lee said. “We have had loss of life all across the state. Four different counties, as of this morning, had confirmed fatalities.”

Tennessee tornadoes:At least 19 killed as tornadoes rip through Nashville, Middle Tennessee, collapsing buildings