Pope prays for Alabama tornado victims as Trump prepares to visit

Hugh Fox
March 9, 2019

That twister has been blamed for killing 23 people in a rural area of Lee County, Alabama, as it churned for about 70 miles from eastern Alabama into Georgia.

"Well our guys really wanted to help any way they could", Malzahn said, via WVTM's Kyle Burger.

Standing amid bricks and lumber that used to be her mother's home, Renee Frazier waved at Trump's helicopter as it passed overhead during his aerial tour of the destruction. I feel so bad for them.

"She was a very sweet, loving child, innocent as she could be", Ashley said. The punishing winds tore the family's home apart, Crisp said, and pulled both boys from their father's arms. The so-called Fujita scale measures wind speed and the corresponding destructive power of a tornado.

"Our dear friends, Ashley and David Thornton lost their precious daughter, Taylor in that storm", the friend, Kaitlyn Willing, wrote on the GoFundMe page.

In Alabama, flags will fly at half staff until sundown Sunday in honor of the 23 people killed. The youngest of those killed was 6, the oldest 89.

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Beauregard, named for a Confederate general, is an unincorporated community of roughly 10,000 people near the Georgia state line.

Dozens of emergency responders have joined the search and rescue efforts in Lee County and the coroner's office had to call in more help to handle the number of bodies found, according to the Associated Press.

Trump has said he's instructed FEMA to give Alabama "the A Plus treatment" as it recovers.

A violent storm system that spawned tornadoes across the Southeast on Sunday stuck hardest in Alabama, where a powerful EF4 tornado carved a path almost a mile wide through the small community of Beauregard.

Southeast of Auburn is the small, unincorporated town of Beauregard, which was home to a ravaging tornado that claimed that lives of at least 23 people.

Beauregard, Alabama, in Lee County, is where the epicenter of the EF-4 tornado touched down on Sunday. Five tornadoes have been confirmed in Florida, and four more in SC.

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The twister was part of a powerful storm system that slashed its way across the Deep South, spawning numerous tornado warnings in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.

A sheriff says the death toll is now at 23 from a large tornado that devastated an Alabama community. The national Storm Prediction Center says parts of Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Tennessee will be at heightened risk of severe weather Saturday. The at-risk area is home to 41 million people and includes major cities such as Dallas, New Orleans and Atlanta.

Law enforcement officials had accounted for the final seven people on their list of those reported missing after the Sunday storm, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said.

Pope Francis is sending condolences to tornado victims in Alabama, where searchers have been scouring a dismal landscape of shattered homes, splintered pines and broken lives.

Trump is expected to visit destroyed areas in the state on Friday.

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.

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