Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

President Trump to tour tornado devastation in Alabama

President Trump to tour tornado devastation in Alabama

"We are still in standby mode on the outside chance they find somebody else, which is not likely", County Coroner Bill Harris told a news conference. He prays that Almighty God may grant eternal rest to the dead, especially the children, and healing and consolation to the injured and those who grieve.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who was born in Mobile in the south-west of the state, said he was "devastated" by the news, saying Lee County was "a place close to my heart".

"Typically, in the Southern plains of the U.S.in what they call the traditional tornado alley, that would be a fast forward speed", said Chris Darden, meteorologist in charge of the weather service's Birmingham office.

"It looks like someone nearly just took a giant knife and scraped the ground", Sheriff Jay Jones said.

Alabamans digging through the rubble of last weekend's tornado devastation welcomed a visit from President Trump on Friday and braced for the threat of more severe weather on Saturday. Those killed ranged in age from 6 to 89.

For some, the pain of loss is being feltmany times over.

Reese told the station in a Monday night interview that fifteen of his family members lived on the same street in a lower middle-class area. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected", Stephanie A. Bryan, tribal chair and CEO, said in a statement on social media. "Some of these families have lost practically nearly the entire family".

Sunday marked the deadliest day for tornadoes in the country since 2013, according to The Weather Channel.

The first family also met privately in the church with almost a dozen victims families, per another WH pool report. Her friend survived and was being treated at a hospital on Monday, WSFA's Jennifer Hornton revealed in a Facebook post.

The storm killed 23, including seven from the same family all related to her boyfriend. "We gotta help our families".


Taylor Thornton, a fourth grader at Lee-Scott Academy, was also among those killed, Stan Cox, the head of the school, confirmed to CNN after meeting with her parents. She said her son-in-law later dug them out. They showed the president Grimes' Bible and motorcycle vest, according to a pool report. "He was done and gone before we got to him. He helped with CPR and transport", cried Hart.

As of Tuesday, officials said, the number of missing was seven or eight.

By the morning of March 4, four of the 63 patients treated at the medical center remained hospitalized.

Rita Smith, spokeswoman for the Lee County Emergency Management Agency, said about 150 first responders were involved in searching through debris after the storms hit.

An announcement by Chapman Funeral Home says Pence's service will be held in the city of Eufaula, located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) east of the worst damage from Sunday's twister.

Sanford said she left home with her 5-year-old grandson about five minutes before the storm struck after she got a feeling it was unsafe.

"We're here for the citizens. We will recover, and we will lift up Lee County in this time of need".

Head bowed, President Donald Trump paid respects Friday to the 23 people killed when a powerful tornado roared through a rural Alabama town, observing a moment of silence before white wooden crosses that stood in remembrance of each victim.

The president is now on the ground in Beauregard, Alabama, meeting with families effected by the tornado.

The powerful EF-4 storm tore through the rural countryside with 170 miles per hour winds leaving 23 people dead.

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