Woman Who Lost 10 Family Members In Alabama Tornado Speaks Out


"As residents of Alabama and members of the broadcast community, we are devastated by the loss of life and the many homes, businesses and churches destroyed by tornadoes this Sunday", said Sharon M. Tinsley, Alabama Broadcasters Association President.

Bill Harris, the Lee County coroner, said the three children among the dead were a 6-year-old and a 9-year-old who died at the hospital and a 10-year-old, according to The Associated Press.

"We believe that every victim was in the residence when it hit".

"It's terrible", the governor told reporters Wednesday as she took a walking tour past shattered mobile homes as residents hunted amid piles of debris for belongings they could salvage.

Authorities said they had identified all 23 whose remains had been found, including seven members of one family.

"He's pretty banged up, but he's going to make it and his family is doing well", he said of Burroughs.

"This is a time of unspeakable heartbreak for many individuals and families in Southeast Alabama, especially those in Lee County", Roby said.

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said the list of the missing had shrunk from dozens to just seven or eight.

Government teams surveying storm damage confirmed that at least 20 tornadoes struck on Sunday in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and SC.

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

Carol Dean found her wedding dress Monday among the wreckage of her mobile home in Beauregard.

What Damage Did the Tornadoes in Alabama Cause?

Then, an hour before the tragedy, they warned that a strong tornado could occur in two particular Alabama counties within 30 to 60 minutes.

As of March 6, the number of lives lost in Alabama during a violent tornado that swept through the central part of the state remained at 23, and USA Today reported that anonymous donors have now offered to pay for their funerals. Barbour County experienced two tornadoes, one being classified by the National Weather Service (NWS) in Birmingham, Alabama, as an EF1 and the other as an EF2. The search took its toll around Beauregard, an unincorporated area of about 10,000 people near the Georgia line.

"It looks like someone nearly just took a giant knife and scraped the ground", the sheriff said. Most widely recognized as the home of the SEC's Auburn Tigers, Lee's county seat sits in Auburn, located on the east side of Lee County.

She could not say how many personnel were on the ground from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or the state of Alabama, although some 50 volunteers were assisting with search and rescue efforts.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis said he was praying for the dead and injured, saying he is spiritually close to all those who are suffering and grieving.