Alabama's Tornado Death Toll Of 23 Is Final, Lee County Sheriff Says

The tornado was an EF4 packing winds estimated at 170 mph (274 kph) and chewed a path of destruction up to nine-tenths of a mile (1.4 kilometers) wide in Alabama for almost 27 miles (43 kilometers), the National Weather Service said.

Her husband was "done and gone", she said, one of 23 victims of what one National Weather Service meteorologist called a "monster tornado". "You can't help the dead folks, but you can try to help the ones that's still living", said Spann, chewing on a yellowroot twig.

Smith said it's "mind blowing" she survived.

Volunteers responded in force, using chain saws to clear paths for emergency workers, helping neighbors and friends search the wreckage, and gathering donations.

"It's terrible", the governor told reporters Wednesday as she took a walking tour past shattered mobile homes as residents hunted amid piles of debris for belongings they could salvage.

A damaged airplane is seen after a string of tornadoes, at the Eufaula Municipal Airport, in Eufaula, Alabama, U.S., March 5, 2019. He said it's possible the death toll could continue to rise, but authorities paused search efforts overnight because conditions are too unsafe in the dark due to massive amounts of debris.

"I know that Auburn and its leadership both in athletics and the university are working diligently right now to form some action plans to be able to respond, not only short-term but long-term to help our community to rebuild and to heal", Pearl said, via WVTM. Relatives said one extended family lost 10 members. "It was the last few moments I got to spend with him", Kidd told the TV station. Heavy equipment is being used to lift large pieces of debris, he said, and certain areas continue to be restricted to only first responders and search teams.

"Everybody was still family whether they were related or not", she said.

Four other patients remain hospitalized at East Alabama Medical Center, according to hospital spokesman John Atkinson. At least 23 were confirmed dead in Lee County, Ala.

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"I just said my prayers".

"Thousands of Alabamians are suffering and in need of our staunch support as they work to rebuild their homes and businesses".

"We have addressed that immediately when we do have that", Jones said.

Tornado watches were in effect in parts of Alabama and in Georgia on Sunday evening.

The tornadoes, stirred up by a late-winter "supercell" thunderstorm, toppled mobile homes and uprooted massive trees on Sunday with 170 mile-per-hour (274 km-per hour) winds.

President Trump is visiting storm-stricken Alabama on his way to Florida, where he'll spend the weekend with his family and raise money for his reelection campaign.

Tornadoes are measured on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is abbreviated to EF when labeling storms.

President Donald Trump has granted Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's request for an expedited major disaster declaration for the state, Sen. It barrelled through the rural community of Beauregard, destroying homes as it went.

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