Alabama Tornadoes Kill 23, Cause Severe Damage (3/4/2019)

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A tornado ripped through Alabama on March 3.A tornado ripped through Alabama on March 3.

 

The first thing Scott Fillmer noticed was the overwhelming smell of pine trees. The trees littered his front yard just outside Beauregard, Ala., after deadly tornadoes whipped through Lee County on Sunday (March 3) afternoon, according to The Washington Post. 

He opened his front door to find two power lines and a mattress lying in his driveway. His patio furniture was hanging from the surviving trees. A car bumper had flown into his pasture, and jagged slabs of wood were strewn on the lawn. Fillmer, 48, got in his tractor and grabbed a chain saw, and then he saw the rest of it: The leveled mobile homes. The dilapidated buildings missing their roofs.

“You didn’t realize how bad it was until you got on the road,” he said. “Now it looks like it’s one of the worst tornadoes.”

At least 23 people were killed, including children, in the deadliest U.S. tornado outbreak in six years after twisters tore through Alabama, Georgia and Florida, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said. The two tornadoes that touched down in Lee County on Sunday wrought a trail of “catastrophic” damage, leaving an untold number of people without homes and in shelters and countless others mourning their loved ones.

Jones said he fears the death toll may continue to rise as recovery efforts continued in the early morning Monday. Rescuers were set to deploy infrared drones and helicopters to search for signs of life amid a wide swath of debris, which made initial rescue efforts difficult, Jones said.

Sunday’s tornadoes were the deadliest in the United States since May 20, 2013, when a category EF-5 tornado struck Moore, Okla., killing 24 people and leaving more than 200 injured, according to data from the Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center. Ten people died in tornadoes in the U.S. throughout all of 2018. Tornadoes also broke out elsewhere in the Southeast on Sunday, including in several counties in Georgia and one in Florida, but none were as severe as in Lee County.

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