SANFORD, NC (AP) -- President Barack Obama has called the
manager of a Sanford home improvement store who managed to get 100
people safely to the back of the store as a tornado ripped the roof
off the building.
A press release from the White House said Obama expressed his
gratitude Monday to Lowe's store manager Michael Hollowell for his
swift action Saturday that likely saved lives.
The release did not give any additional details on what Obama
and the store manager discussed.
Hollowell has deflected praise for his actions, saying he was
simply following his company's safety plans.
The tornado that ripped apart the Lowe's was one of dozens that
moved across North Carolina on Saturday, killing 21 people.
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