At Least 22 Dead as Tornadoes Rip Through Alabama
First Responders are spread thin as more than 20 people were killed and several more are still missing along an apocalyptical trail of destruction that ripped through Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.
Lee County, Alabama, one of six hard-hit counties in the state, a fire station, chicken hatchery, trees. mobile homes and cell phone towers were found destroyed by the storm. There were reports of other storms in Washington, Macon, Autauga and Houston counties. Lee County Coroner Bill Harris at 8 p.m. said victim ages range from children to 80s.
“We’re still got people being pulled out of rubble,” he said. “We’re going to be here all night.”
Sheriff Jay Jones told WRBL-TV on Sunday that damage followed a path several miles long and appeared up to a fourth of a mile wide. He said Sunday night that families in the area had “lost everything they ever had.”
The National weather service issued a series of tornado warnings Sunday afternoon stretching from Phenix City, Alabama, near the Georgia state line to Macon, Georgia, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) to the east.
To the great people of Alabama and surrounding areas: Please be careful and safe. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2019
Buckwild Saloon along 280 between Opelika and Phenix City@spann #ALwx @wtvmweather #ALwx pic.twitter.com/FP5ZVl3zlc
— AWIS Weather Services (@AWISWeather) March 3, 2019
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