Trump to visit Alabama tornado disaster area


Seven members of a family were among the 23 victims identified after an outbreak of tornadoes devastated the U.S. state of Alabama, officials said.

"I've never seen that before in our lives, not to this degree", Fears told FOX 5's Portia Bruner Everybody's trying to piece together their minds why in our area because this isn't normal for us".

As residents cope with the damage and loss from the weekend's storm, the National Weather Service is warning more tornadoes may be on the way, according to member station WBHM's Miranda Fulmore.

Smith said it's "mind blowing" she survived.

Since Monday, Griffin has been feeding first responders who are searching for the missing and helping those who lost their homes. "People were better because they were with her and now our school feels empty without her".

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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.

Trump's visit comes after Coroner Bill Harris said Thursday that the death toll from Sunday's tornadoes remains at 23. "I'm still trying to process it", said Cordarrly Jones, 29.

"They took me down to him", Dean said, "and I got to spend a little time with him before they took him away".

"I am grateful to President Trump and the Alabama delegation efforts to expedite the major disaster declaration". 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.

Air Force One arrived at Fort Benning, Georgia, at 10:43 a.m. CT, and President Trump and the first lady exited the plane, waved to the crowd and boarded Marine One, on his way to Lee County. "I told them, y'all don't worry about that (the cost), I have it covered", the coroner said.

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Numerous people living in the area are senior citizens who moved to the country after retiring from textile mills or an old magnetic-tape manufacturing plant that closed years ago, Mathews said.

The National Weather Service in Birmingham confirmed that four tornadoes hit central Alabama on Sunday.

Almost 2,000 homes in the affected area are without power following the tornadoes.

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

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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Surveyors found that the twister's intensity peaked in Beauregard, a rural Lee County community, where it demolished multiple manufactured homes, emptying their contents into the woods.