At least 23 dead after tornado sweeps through Alabama

Business Insider | 3/4/2019 | Reuters, Rosie Perper
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At least twenty-three people died in a tornado that swept through Lee County, Alabama on Sunday.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey warned residents on Twitter that more severe weather might be on the way.

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Authorities added that the number of fatalities may rise as officials continue to clear through massive piles of debris and wreckage.

At least twenty-three people, some of them children, have died after a tornado swept through Lee County, Alabama on Sunday, destroying numerous homes and leaving a death toll that could rise as rescuers sift through the rubble.

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"Unfortunately the death toll has gone up," Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told local media on Sunday night. "Unfortunately I feel that number may rise yet again."

Emergency workers were expected to toil through the night, pulling bodies and the injured out of the wreckage of destroyed homes and businesses.

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"We've done everything we feel like we can do this evening. The area is just very, very hazardous to put anybody in to at this point in time."

Jones added that several people remained missing and that an organized search of the area would commence in the morning.

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Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said the death toll could rise.

"We've still got people being pulled out of rubble," he told the Birmingham News newspaper early on Sunday evening. "We're going to be here all night."

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The East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika said in a statement that it was treating more than 40 patients as a result of the tornado and expects to receive more. Some patients have been sent to other hospitals, it added.

Severe weather unleashed one of numerous possible tornadoes that threatened the Southern United States on Sunday afternoon. Tornado warnings and watches were in effect for parts of Georgia and Alabama through Sunday evening.

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