Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

After Alabama Tornado, Search For Missing Continues As Recovery Begins

After Alabama Tornado, Search For Missing Continues As Recovery Begins

Tornado watches were in effect in parts of Alabama and in Georgia on Sunday evening. 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 area where the tornado struck is generally Trump country: He carried about 60 percent of the Lee County vote in 2016, and blue Trump flags flying outside homes are a frequent sight in Beauregard.

John De Block, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham, described the tornado's almost mile-wide path to NPR member station WBHM: "The tornado struck shortly after 2 o'clock in the Macon County/Lee County line".

What Is an EF4 Tornado? At that level, the tornado is considered to be devastating and can bring widespread damage to the area.

Although the statement did not give exact wind estimates, F3 storms typically are gauged at wind speeds of between 254 and 331 kilometres per hour.

In a telegram to Archbishop Rodi, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, said March 3 that Pope Francis was "deeply saddened to learn of the tragic loss of life and the injuries caused by the tornado" and expressed his "heartfelt solidarity with all affected by this natural disaster".

Due to the severity of the storm, the Lee County Emergency Management Agency is asking residents to locate themselves as safe and unharmed on the American Red Cross website.

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On Sunday, Troy Bell saw the tornado and quickly gathered his family to huddle in the bathtub. Within 30 seconds, the storm came and went, leaving his home and the garage he owns badly damaged. Fortunately, he told the Montgomery Adviser, his family remained unharmed, although, that's not been the case for other people he knew.

"My husband had grabbed me and we flew about 20 to 25 feet (6 to 8 meters) before we landed on the ground", she said. "Their whole families are dead". She said her son-in-law later dug them out.

Resident Shannon Kelley talks on the phone as she walks down her street after a tornado struck in Beauregard, Alabama on March 4, 2019. Several people in Georgia were also injured by twisters that also extended to Florida and SC, according to the National Weather Service.

At least 23 people were killed in Alabama on Sunday in the deadliest tornado day since 2013. Three children, aged six, nine and 10, were among the fatalities and officials said that the death toll may rise.

"It's been a long, long night", Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said on Monday. "Some of these families have lost practically nearly the entire family".

The agreement was outlined in President Trump's major disaster declaration, which Ivey requested earlier this week.

According to tornado researcher Richard Stokoe at the University of South Wales, elevated death tolls in Alabama can largely be ascribed to the density of mobile homes, housing nearly 15% of the state's population, the geography of the region and type of coniferous vegetation. "I'm happy to report that the reports have been few, and we aim to keep it that way".

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