At least 14 dead as tornadoes hit Alabama

Alabama Tornado Kills At Least 22, More Still Missing

"We conduct disaster drills at least twice a year, and most times they involve a tornado because that's one of the most likely disaster scenarios we all face in Alabama", said John Atkinson, the medical center's marketing director. Mangled metal siding, wood planks and piping lay strewn on the ground, along with remnants of everyday life: items of clothing, a sofa, a bottle of Lysol cleaner and a welcome mat encrusted with dirt. Trump hugged the family.

"I enjoyed him coming", Ingram said of Trump.

That made conditions especially harrowing for first responders, who were already on their way into the region in the wake of the first storm while the second was already bearing down on the region.

'On our way to visit the great people of Alabama!' she said. "I'd never sign someone else's Bible", said Southern historian Wayne Flynt, a Baptist deacon and professor emeritus at Auburn University.

"For her to be the sole survivor of this one house is going to be hard for her", Waldrop said.

The declaration triggered the release of federal funds to help people and communities recover from the storms.

"This is a marathon, not a sprint", Sowell said.

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 an aerial tour of the destruction. "I want him right here on this land because my mom is about love and unity".

At least 14 people, some children, have been killed after tornadoes struck Lee County, Alabama. He said that means people need to be take action immediately when warnings are issued. The roof of Spann's mobile home was partially peeled away. He said he had seen "unbelievable" destruction from the air, too.

"Everybody in this area just about was related", said Demetria Jones, 28.

With winds of as much as 170 miles per hour (275 kph), the deadliest US tornado in almost six years rolled mobile homes across fields and caused even brick homes to collapse into unrecognizable heaps.

The dead included four children and a couple in their 80s, with 10 victims belonging to a single extended family. Many more people are missing from Beauregard in addition to the confirmed 23 people who perished directly from the tornado's unfathomably-brutal winds. He was traveling to politically friendly territory: Alabama supported Trump by a wide margin in the 2016 presidential election.

The area where the tornado struck is generally Trump country: He carried about 60 percent of the Lee County vote in 2016, and blue Trump flags flying outside homes are a frequent sight in Beauregard. I'm in constant touch with the governor and also the governor of Georgia'.

The administration at one point considered redirecting disaster aid from places like Puerto Rico and California to pay for the president's long-promised U.S. -Mexico border wall.

The administration at one point considered redirecting disaster aid from places like Puerto Rico and California to pay for the president's long-promised U.S. -Mexico border wall but ultimately made a decision to target other funding sources.

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