On Sunday, a series of tornadoes at least 23 people after being ripped through Alabama.
Sheriff Jay Jones said children were among victims 12 of those found in an area 5 to 6 miles south of Opelika in Lee County.
“Damage appeared as if someone had taken a blade and just scraped the ground”, Jones stated
Storm Update-Emergency Personnel and Road Closures All emergency personnel, search and rescue and recovery teams should meet at Sanford Middle School (1500 Lee Rd 11 Opelika, AL) for briefing and assignments…. https://t.co/7u16KSINot
According to Meteorologist Gene Norman, Lee County was hit by two tornadoes back-to-back within span of an hour.
National Weather Service announced that Alabama & Georgia were touched down by tornadoes on Sunday afternoon.
The deadliest day for tornadoes that killed 23 victims Since deadly Tuscaloosa-Birmingham tornado that happened in 2011 that caused the death of 200 people, was last Sunday.
Many injuries were transported to a Medical Center in Alabama. Authorities were hampered by dwindling light during their search for survivals.
“Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives in the storms that hit Lee County today. Praying for their families & everyone whose homes or businesses were affected. Officials from @Alabama Ema & other agencies are quickly working to provide assistance”, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey tweeted
Due to today’s severe weather and tornadoes, I’ve extended the State of Emergency issued on February 23 to statewide. @AlabamaEMA
President Trump also expressed his consolidates in a tweet;
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!
According to National Weather Service, an airport along Alabama-Georgia border in Eufaula, Alabama, was destroyed in addition to a fire station.
15 structures were destroyed in Talbotton, Georgia, in a tornado on Sunday includes homes & one apartment building.