DC: At least 23 people were killed after two powerful tornadoes ripped through communities in southeast Alabama Sunday afternoon, and officials said the death toll could rise as search efforts resume.
“I cannot recall, at least in the last 50 years, and longer than that, a situation where we have had this type, this loss of life that we experienced today,” Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones toldCBS News Sunday night.
“We do have some children, unfortunately,” Jones said, also saying the “massive damage” included felled trees, damaged buildings, power outages, lost lives and debris strewn across the county.
“The contents of one residence we know for a fact were located over 1,000 yards away,” Jones said.
Lee County officials said the worst damage was near the town of Beauregard, which is about 60 miles east of Montgomery. Smith Station, another small county town, saw about 20 homes destroyed. The tornadoes were part of a larger storm system that moved through southern U.S. states. more here