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President Trump tweets to southeast storm victims: 'Please be careful and safe'

The storms left at least 22 people dead in Alabama, just across the Georgia state line.

President Trump is tweeting his sympathies to residents of the Southeastern US after a deadly severe weather system left devastating damage in its wake. 

"To the great people of Alabama and surrounding areas: Please be careful and safe," he posted. "Tornadoes and storms were truly violent and more could be coming. To the families and friends of the victims, and to the injured, God bless you all!

He elaborated further in the day after the storm, opening a White House meeting saying, "our hearts go out to everyone affected by the devastating storms in Alabama, Georgia, and the surrounding states, and especially to the families of those who have tragically lost their lives."

Trump said he has also spoken with Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, telling them that "America has their backs."

Georgia's Republican Senators David Perdue and Johnny Isakson also responded in the aftermath of the storm, sending their constituents prayers and condolences to the lives lost. 

A line of strong thunderstorms moved across the southeast Sunday afternoon ahead of a front bringing cold temperatures. The system triggered a slew of tornado warnings in the south metro Atlanta area, as well as central Georgia.

READ: 22 dead after possible tornado near Georgia-Alabama line

Just across the state line in Alabama, at least two storm cells - likely tornadoes - left at least 22 people dead. Among them, is an 8-year-old girl, according to NBC affiliate WSMF. 

The system carved a path of damage from there into parts of Columbus, Talbotton, Fort Valley, Georgia and more.

MORE: Severe weather spawns multiple, likely tornadoes across Georgia, southeast

One resident of Talbotton told 11Alive news he has lived in the city for nearly 50 years and had never seen destruction like that left behind from Sunday's storms. 

"It looks like a war zone," he said. 

RELATED PHOTOS: Peach County, Georgia storm damage

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