After Alabama Tornado, Search For Missing Continues As Recovery Begins

Alabama Tornado Kills At Least 22, More Still Missing

Dozens of people were hurt.

He described the devastation as shocking, adding: "It looks nearly as if someone took a giant knife and just scraped the ground". "We're basically using everything we can get our hands on", the sheriff said. "There are slabs where homes formerly stood, debris everywhere, trees snapped, whole forested areas where trees are snapped and lying on the ground".

If you think of the particular humidity, temperature, and wind dynamic conditions that are in place to trigger a supercell thunderstorm that then goes on to produce a tornado, once the supercell has moved through, those conditions are different; moisture is reduced, winds shift, and so forth.

"It can be more hard to reach people at night", Bunting said.

Sheriff Jones described the damage as "catastrophic", saying one tornado cut a path of destruction quarter of a mile (0.4km) wide and several miles long. The enormous twister apparently churned for about 70 miles (110 kilometers), crossing the state line and ending in neighboring Georgia, the National Weather Service said.

"I just said my prayers. And it's that old cliché that it sounds like a freight train coming, well that's what it sounded like". And, as is always the case, local radio will be there for the local residents. A large bar called the Buck Wild Saloon had had its roof torn off.

Fortunately for the residents of Florida, Georgia, and SC, the tornado didn't spill over into any of the three states.

Tornadoes were also reported in Walton County and Cairo in northern Florida.

One survivor lost seven members of his family, and warned that he may be facing "financial issues" because of multiple funeral costs.

"Y'all, it's horrendous, absolutely horrendous", Gov. Kay Ivey said after touring some of the worst devastation in an area of Lee County where "nothing's left standing, everything's in shreds".

Rescue crews using dogs and drones searched for victims amid splintered lumber and twisted metal Monday after the deadliest US tornado in almost six years ripped through a rural Alabama community. "We are still conducting some searches in the area, searching through piles of debris where there may be people or animals".

"FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes", he said in a tweet on Monday.

"It's been a tragic situation, but a lot of good work is being done", he said at the White House.

All Lee County Schools would be closed Sunday due to the storms, it said. Warm air flows north from the Gulf of Mexico at the same time as storm systems are propelled into the south and mid-west by a southward dip in the jet stream.

It's been a dark 24 hours for the family and friends of Taylor Thornton, a 10-year-old who died when tornadoes hit Lee County Sunday afternoon. The number of those killed by the massive twister is more than double the total number of tornado-related deaths in the United States in 2018 alone.

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