At least 22 people, some are children among them, died after a tornado swept through Alabama County on Sunday. The death toll is expected to rise as rescuers are searching the missing people through the rubble of destroyed homes, the media and the authorities said.
The emergency workers spent the whole night pulling the injured and the dead from the wreckage of homes and businesses.
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said in an interview with CNN that the most challenging task is the volume of debris gathered where all the homes were located.
Sunday evening, the National Weather Service reported a tornado with at least an F3 rating and a track at least half a mile (.8 kilometers) wide caused the deadly destruction in Alabama.
Following this, Meteorologist Chris Darden in Alabama confirmed at least F3 damage in extreme southern areas of Lee County after travelling there. The Fujita scale measured wind speed and the corresponding destructive power of a tornado.
F3 storms typically are gauged at wind speeds of between 158-206 mph (254-331 kilometers per hour), although the statement did not give exact wind estimates.
The National Weather system also determined another storm attack nearby in Lee County that is studied by a team of experts on Monday. It also cautioned that the information is preliminary and likely to be updated later.
Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told The Associated Press late Sunday evening that children are also included in the people which are dead. There are chances that the loss of lives could keep on rising; anyway the specialists are stopping search efforts overnight since conditions are excessively unsafe in obscurity because of huge measures of debris.
Jones also explained that there were injuries but can’t figure out the count and the severity of those injuries.
The President Donald Trump has also tweeted for the Alabama residents to be safe in the wake of deadly storms, including a powerful tornado that has engulfed several lives, including children in the southern State.
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
Trump wrote in the tweet Sunday evening: “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.”
His tweet concluded: “To the families and friends of the victims, and to the injured, God bless you all!”
After a possible tornado touched down in the rural city of Cairo, Authorities in southwest Georgia are searching door to door in darkened neighborhoods to find and to pull out the missing people if any.
Cairo City Manager Chris Addleton said office and business structures in the downtown had windows passed out and metal rooftops torn over by the tempest Sunday evening. He said a few residents announced being stuck inside homes that were harmed or had trees on them.
Lee County Coroner Bill Harris told the associated press that he has called in help from elsewhere around the state because there were more bodies to handle the situation.
Moreover, authorities are blocking traffic to some of the most heavily damaged areas in an Alabama County. Emergency vehicles including ambulances with light flashes were scattered all around the areas of devastation. One trained canine had also brought into the area to help the operations.
“Colder air will swipe into the Southeast behind the extreme climate with temperatures dropping into the 30s southward to focal Georgia and crosswise over the vast majority of Alabama by Monday morning,” Pydynowski said.
Cold Weather Warning
A clear warning was given by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey to the resident through a tweet that a more severe weather might be on the way.
“Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives in the storms that hit Lee County today,” Ivey wrote. “Praying for their families & everyone whose homes or businesses was affected.”
Lee County schools announced that the campuses will remain closed on Monday.
The NWS office requested people on Twitter, to stay out of the damaged areas so that the responders can do their job first.
Temperatures looked set to fall to near freezing after the devastating storm and thousands faced a night without power.
“Those without power who depend on electric warmth need to discover approaches to stay warm.”