- Responders are searching for dozens of missing people, likely trapped under rubble left by a deadly tornado which killed 23 people.
- A 170 mile-per-hour twister wrecked buildings and homes in Lee County, Alabama, on Sunday, leaving a trail of destruction.
- “I’m not going to be surprised if we don’t come up with some more deceased. Hopefully we won’t,” coroner Bill Harris said on Monday.
- Donald Trump said Alabama will get the “A Plus treatment” from the federal disaster management agency FEMA.
Rescue crews continue to search for dozens of missing people in the wreckage from a devastating tornado which killed 23 people on Sunday.
Sheriff Jay Jones, of Alabama’s Lee County, said on Monday that dozens of residents are still to be accounted for, the Associated Press reported.
He said he expects the list of dead to grow. It already includes three children and two entire families.
Harris said the victims died from blunt-force trauma.
The tornado, which tore through the settlement of Beauregard, razed buildings to the ground, toppled telephone towers, and carried debris for miles. It was the worst of several tornadoes to hit Alabama and Georgia on Sunday.
Most of the dead have been identified, Harris said, but half a dozen will have to be identified through fingerprints. The full list of 23 names is expected to be released on Tuesday morning.
An entire family of three, and one family of four were killed by the tornado, USA Today reported.
The three children found amongst the 23 dead were aged six, nine, and 10.
Fourth grader Taylor Thornton was identified as the 10 year old, her school, Lee-Scott Academy, announced on Facebook.
The National Weather Service said winds reached 170 mph, and the tornado carved a path nearly a mile wide and 24 miles long.
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Meteorologist Chris Darden told AP the “monster tornado” is the deadliest to hit the US since May 2013, when 24 people were killed in Moore, Oklahoma.
On Monday, Sheriff Jones said: “It looks almost as if someone took a giant knife and just scraped the ground. There are slabs where homes formerly stood, debris everywhere, trees snapped, whole forested areas where trees are snapped and lying on the ground.”
The tornado swarm was part of a severe weather system which hit Alabama’s Lee County, parts of Florida, and Talbot Country and Cairo, Georgia.
Donald Trump tweeted on Monday that Alabama would get the “A Plus treatment” from the federal disaster management agency FEMA.
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