Sunday's tornadoes were the deadliest to hit the state since 2013. "And, again, the search continues". Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said they had narrowed down the search areas, and the number of missing people had decreased significantly.
"We've got piles of rubble that we are searching just to make sure", Opelika Fire Chief Byron Prather Jr. said. "We don't think we'll find nobody there, but we don't want to leave any stone unturned".
The families of those lost will not have to worry about paying for their loved one's funerals; coroner Bill Harris told News 3 that he was approached by two large corporations. He said that means people need to be take action immediately when warnings are issued.
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.
Local resident Scott Fillmer said: "Everything just kind of went dark, when it was nearly like night outside".
The boy's father and brother both survived.
Morrison said she and her husband took shelter in the bathtub as the twister lifted their house off the ground and swept it into the woods. "I was getting word on some of them this morning".
A cousin who was in the same house as those killed sustained injuries and is now hospitalized, Griffin said. "They're all spears. They're all killing machines".
"Our storms tend to move faster", Darden said of the Southeast tornadoes.
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Her children had found David Dean's body in a neighbour's yard. He was known as "Roaddog" for his love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
"It's a miracle we weren't inside here when it hit", Hunter Lashley said, "and that we found all the animals". My life is gone. "I wanted to come the day it happened". It traveled a remarkable 70 miles or so through Alabama and Georgia, where it caused more damage.
"Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives in the storms that hit Lee County today", she said earlier in a tweet. Most have been released from the hospital.
Trump flew by airplane to a military base on the Georgia-Alabama border and boarded a helicopter that provided him with an aerial tour of the region before he arrived in Beauregard, which bore the brunt of the storm.
Everyone who had been reported missing after violent tornadoes struck eastern Alabama Sunday is now accounted for and authorities said Wednesday that they don't expect the death toll of 23 people to change.
iHeart stations in Birmingham, Auburn, Gadsden and Tuscaloosa are partnering with the Alabama Broadcasting Association for the iHeartRadio Lee County Tornado Relief, a disaster relief fundraiser benefiting Community Foundation of East Alabama's Long-Term Recovery Fund.
Air Force One will remain at Fort Benning while the president visits Beauregard, Alabama.
That distance approaches the 81-mile track of a twister that killed more than 60 people and demolished much of Tuscaloosa, Ala., in a "super outbreak" of several long-lasting tornadoes across the South on April 27, 2011. "They started crying talking about it", said Mathews, an associate pastor at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church.