Drone footage shows EF-4 tornado's path of destruction in Alabama

Drone footage shows EF-4 tornado's path of destruction in Alabama

Alabama search and rescue teams on Tuesday were combing through the wreckage of houses flatted by weekend tornadoes, looking for seven or eight people who remained unaccounted for in the wake of the deadliest U.S. tornado outbreak since 2013.

The National Weather Service's Chris Darden said the tornado that hit Lee County clocked in at 170 miles per hour. "You can't help the dead folks, but you can try to help the ones that's still living", said Spann, chewing on a yellowroot twig.

"For her to be the sole survivor of this one house is going to be hard for her", Waldrop said.

That made conditions especially harrowing for first responders, who were already on their way into the region in the wake of the first storm while the second was already bearing down on the region. But in just three months, she had made multiple friends-some of whom quickly grew close to her, according Cox. Residents have been told they can start pushing debris on their properties out to the edge of roadways for eventual pickup.

Darden said the "monster tornado" was the deadliest twister to hit the USA since May 2013, when an EF-5 killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma.

Up to eight people remain missing, officials say, and there are fears that the death toll could rise.

"I received the two phone calls today from two large corporations within thirty minutes of each other offering to pay for the funerals for the 23 victims", Harris said. Relatives said one extended family lost 10 members. Also dead, they said, were seven cousins by both blood and marriage: Eric Jamal Stenson, 38; Florel Tate Stenson; 63; Henry Lewis Stenson; 65; James Henry Tate, 86; Tresia Robinson, 62; Raymond Robinson Jr., 63; and Maggie Delight Robinson, 57. "We're basically using everything we can get our hands on", the sheriff said.

The president and first lady visited a row of 23 crosses-representing each life taken by the tornado-and observed a moment of silence in front of each marker.

"It is at times of greatest need that we often see our communities coming together to help one another, this is one of those times".

"Mobile homes are of very poor quality build and they don't have basements, so you can't get to a basement shelter", said Stokoe.

"Our storms tend to move faster", Darden said of the Southeast tornadoes.

"He had them squeezed tight, and he said when it came through, it just took them", Crisp said.

A fallen cell tower lies across a highway in the Smiths Station community after a tornado struck in the area.

Tornadoes are measured on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is abbreviated to EF when labeling storms.

Although the tornado lost some intensity in Georgia, forecasters say it still destroyed several homes in the state and injured 7 people in the area of Talbotton, Georgia.

On Wednesday, Governor Kay Ivey and Attorney General Steve Marshall toured the devastation the tornadoes on Sunday caused to Lee County.

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