Governor Kay Ivey, Attorney General Steve Marshall tour devastation in Lee County

President Donald Trump spoke to reporters Friday before traveling to Alabama to visit tornado victims

President Donald Trump spoke to reporters Friday before traveling to Alabama to visit tornado victims

"During the flight from Fort Benning, Georgia, to Lee County, Alabama, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will participate in an aerial tour of areas impacted by the tornadoes", the White House said in a statement.

Thornton's parents reportedly told WSFA that Thornton was playing with a friend when the tornado hit.

"It's just devastating to see this", Morrison said.

Taylor loved her 10-month-old brother nearly as much as she loved animals, especially horses, said Stan Cox, head of the Lee-Scott Academy, a private Christian school in Auburn, Ala., where Taylor attended. He also planned to thank first responders.

The National Weather Service says a violent storm system Sunday spawned at least 11 twisters in Alabama and 14 more across Georgia.

"It's bad", the governor told reporters Wednesday as she took a walking tour past shattered mobile homes as residents hunted amid piles of debris for belongings they could salvage.

In a statement, Ivey said "this is a hard time for the state of Alabama", but assured that the state "will recover".

There are fears that the death toll will rise. Picking through the ruins of their home, she found her wedding dress and a Father's Day note to her husband that read, "Daddy, I love you to pieces". Relatives said one extended family lost 10 members.

"I did a fireman carry over some trees, and when we got there there was a man in a truck, and he jumped out with a chainsaw and started plowing through trees to make a path for my cousin and me to bring our babies to him".




At least seven of the victims were from two families who are related by marriage and lived a few houses apart, Coroner Bill Harris said Tuesday. Most widely recognized as the home of the SEC's Auburn Tigers, Lee's county seat sits in Auburn, located on the east side of Lee County.

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

"Thousands of Alabamians are suffering and in need of our staunch support as they work to rebuild their homes and businesses".

Sheriff Jay Jones said the disaster response will now shift to recovery following two full days of searching.

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.

Three counties in central Alabama were affected by tornadoes on Sunday.

Tornadoes are measured on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is abbreviated to EF when labeling storms.

But as the surviving residents sifted through the ruins, questions were being asked why, in an area known as tornado alley, tornadoes routinely cause so much destruction.

County Emergency Management Director Kathy Carson said she was a "pretty sure" that tornado sirens in Beauregard sounded warnings but that authorities were busy with the search-and-rescue and had not yet looked into the question.

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