A series of around a dozen tornadoes ripped through the South over the weekend killing at least 23 people in Alabama.
The tornado touched down Sunday in Lee County, Alabama, being at least a half a mile wide and bringing winds reportedly between 136 and 165 mph.
— Scott Fillmer (@scottfillmer) March 3, 2019
Experts claim two tornadoes touched down in Lee County during a one-hour time span.
Authorities expect the death toll to rise given at least 40 were injured and officials were going through what was left in the storm’s path to find survivors in the rubble.
Alabama Governor Kay Ivey responded by saying she will extend the current state of emergency to ensure the affected areas have adequate resources to deal with the damage and recover.
Due to today’s severe weather and tornadoes, I’ve extended the State of Emergency issued on February 23 to statewide. @AlabamaEMA
— Governor Kay Ivey (@GovernorKayIvey) March 4, 2019
Several tornado warnings were issued across Alabama, Georgia, and Florida and many homes and businesses were damaged and destroyed.
Over 35,000 people lost power Sunday night across both Alabama and Georgia.
President Trump weighed in on the devastation saying, “to the families of the victims, and to the injured. God bless you all!”
To the great people of Alabama and surrounding areas: Please be careful and safe. Tornadoes and storms were truly violent and more could be coming. To the families and friends of the victims, and to the injured, God bless you all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2019
A total of 10 people were killed in the United States by tornadoes just last year, making this the deadliest tornado to touch down since 2013.