Photos of the Deep South's Deadly Tornado Outbreak

Photos of the Deep South's Deadly Tornado Outbreak

Photos of the Deep South's Deadly Tornado Outbreak

As Ivey surveyed the damage, residents picked through mounds of splintered lumber, twisted metal and broken glass that had once been their homes.

Brooke Waldrop searched for the beloved motorcycle vest of her late stepfather, Marshall Grimes, who had belonged to a Christian motorcycle club.

"Words can not express how much this man loved God and he loved his motorcycles", Waldrop said.

Several tornadoes were confirmed throughout the state, and several people were injured in Talbotton, Georgia, after a risky storm hit the town.

"Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives in the storms that hit Lee County today", she said earlier in a tweet.

Then on Tuesday night, they got an unexpected surprise. She hopes to put it in a shadow box and give it to her sister as a memento. "He signed his bible", she said.

Three of the tornadoes were categorized as EF-1, but the Beauregard-Smiths station in Lee County was an EF-4 with winds of 170 miles per hour. According to Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, they are still searching for seven or eight missing people.

The victims ranged in age from 6 to 93 years old, Bill Harris, coroner for storm-ravaged Lee County, told a morning news conference. Ten victims belonged to a single extended family. At least two funerals were scheduled for Thursday, with many more to follow soon after. "It's always difficult to look at the images after a disaster but, when it's your neighbors and so many of them are gone - it's especially hard to accept. Broadcasters are always there for the communities they serve and at times like these, we bring everyone together in a way like no other". Pardrige, her family and their two dogs and pet rabbit all survived, but almost everything they owned was destroyed.

"It's bad", 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. A few minutes later, the house began to shake.

"We couldn't get here fast enough", Trump said following the private church meeting.

In his telegram, addressed to Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi of Mobile, Alabama, the Pope expresses his "heartfelt solidarity to all those affected" by the natural disaster. The pope said he was saddened to learn of the "tragic loss of life and injuries".

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he planned to visit the region on Friday.

The National Weather Service has confirmed at least 34 tornadoes hit Alabama, Georgia, Florida and SC on Sunday.

The boy was found dead after sheltering in a closet with his older brother and his father during the tornado, according to CNN affiliate WIAT.

And though it lost some intensity entering Georgia, the twister injured seven people in the neighboring state. The enormous twister apparently churned for about 70 miles (110 kilometers), crossing the state line and ending in neighboring Georgia, the National Weather Service said.

Jones said "the devastation is incredible" and that rescue teams will resume their work at first light Monday.

A damaged airplane is seen after a string of tornadoes, at the Eufaula Municipal Airport, in Eufaula, Alabama, U.S., March 5, 2019.

The area at risk of storms is home to 41 million people and includes major cities such as Dallas, New Orleans and Atlanta.

In addition to 23 confirmed deaths, more than 50 people were reported injured, authorities said, making this the deadliest tornado outbreak since a massive tornado struck Oklahoma in May 2013, killing 24 people and injuring 375 others.

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