Grieving widow of Alabama tornado victim speaks amid devastation

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

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said all the victims have been identified and their bodies released for burial, with other coroners and funeral homes from around the state pitching in to lend a hand. The youngest of those killed was six and the oldest was 89. According to Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, they are still searching for seven or eight missing people. Churches and civic organizations are among those providing financial support.

The most powerful twister was an EF4 tornado packing 170 miles per hour (274 kph) winds that's been blamed for at least 23 deaths in Lee County, Alabama.

"They took me down to him", Dean said, "and I got to spend a little time with him before they took him away". "He was my wedding gift", said Dean of her husband whom she married three years ago.

"My sister, Megan, and her family were in the middle of it", Gabby Nichols wrote on the page which she set up to help cover medical expenses. Two houses down, 63-year-old Raymond Robinson Jr. and his wife Tresia were killed when the tornado leveled their home.

"Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives in the storms that hit Lee County today", she said earlier in a tweet.

The storm killed 23, including seven from the same family all related to her boyfriend.

"I looked out the window and it was nothing but black, but you could hear that freight train noise", Fillmer said.

Volunteers responded in force, using chain saws to clear paths for emergency workers, helping neighbors and friends search the wreckage, and gathering donations.

"Everybody in Beauregard is a real close-knit family", Clardy said. The four children were age 6, 8, 9 and 10, officials said.

Residents of Smiths Station told local TV they had seen businesses destroyed there. "I can not recall, at least in the last 50 years, a situation where we have had this loss of life". "He helped with CPR and transport", cried Hart.

Twenty-three people were killed and dozens more were injured when the EF4 twister ripped through Beauregard.

Morrison said she and her husband took shelter in the bathtub as the twister lifted their house off the ground and swept it into the woods. She said her son-in-law later dug them out.

"We're here for the citizens". They're hurting. The community is torn up.

Rescue teams in eastern Alabama have resumed search operations a day after two tornadoes caused extensive damage to buildings and roads.

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

"Few things bring out scammers like a natural disaster". "This is a very trying time", he said.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has extended the state of emergency that was issued last month because of tornadoes and severe weather and made a request for a federal major disaster declaration.

The extent of the damage forced Alabama Mayor Kay Ivey to extend the State of Emergency first issued February 23, she said on Twitter.

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