United States tornadoes cause deaths and loss, toll likely to rise

Alabama Tornado Kills At Least 22, More Still Missing

23 dead after tornado tears through Alabama community

"It's been a tragic situation, but a lot of good work is being done" in the aftermath, Trump 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".

The National Weather Service's Chris Darden said the tornado that hit Lee County clocked in at 170 miles per hour.

"It's devastating when you think about it", Reese said.

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

The first lady shared photos of her family arriving at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington for their flight on Air Force One from the air. The powerful EF-4 storm tore through the rural countryside with 170 miles per hour winds leaving 23 people dead.

Johnathan's mother, Shamel Hart, told reporters at a news conference about the loss of two children in the family, according to CNN affiliate WRBL.

"This is a hard time for the state of Alabama, but knowing that we have this additional assistance, and the support of our president and folks across the country, we will get through this together". He said it's possible the death toll could continue to rise, but authorities paused search efforts overnight because conditions are too unsafe in the dark due to massive amounts of debris.

"I am still in shock", she said.

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"Troopers have a strong sense of camaraderie and will surround the Burroughs family at this time and offer support both short and long term", said Corporal Jess Thornton. "It was the last few moments I got to spend with him", Kidd told the TV station.

The president and first lady visited a row of 23 crosses-representing each life taken by the tornado-and observed a moment of silence in front of each marker.

Roughly 100 law enforcement officers from outside the county were assisting recovery efforts, Jones said. Waldrop said her 11-year-old sister Kayla was the only person inside who lived.

While the death toll stands at 23, several wounded still remain in hospital with four in critical condition. "We can not emphasize enough that we want them to communicate and let us know what they need", Carson said.

"So I went through my home this morning I got things that I'm not going to use and I know they'll be needed here".

Tornado watches were in effect in parts of Alabama and in Georgia on Sunday evening.

Tornadoes are measured on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is abbreviated to EF when labeling storms. The tornado was at least a half-mile wide as it ripped through the region. She was still at her friend's home in Beauregard when the tornado hit.

Trump has said he's instructed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to give Alabama "the A Plus treatment" as the state recovers, marking the latest example of Trump's differing rhetoric concerning states that voted for and against him.

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