Trump visits crosses laid in memory of victims of Alabama tornadoes

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Sheriff Jay Jones told local news outlets they were still pulling people from the rubble, and some had been hospitalised with serious injuries.

The National Weather Service helped many people evacuate from the area before the tornado hit on Sunday, though not all residents took its warnings as reasons to seek shelter elsewhere.

"What a wonderful blessing this will be for the families who have lost loved ones!" "After being on the ground in Lee County today to see the damage firsthand, the process to rebuild will take time".

"I've just been on the ground in this area, but you can see completely where trailers have nearly exploded, frames mangled, and you just see the sadness of the destruction, which has taken place here", Marshall said. At least 23 people were killed, some of them children. They ranged in age from 6 to 89.

For some, the pain of loss is being feltmany times over. One family lost seven members. Two houses down, 63-year-old Raymond Robinson Jr. and his wife Tresia were killed when the tornado leveled their home.

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

'On our way to visit the great people of Alabama!' she said.

"Very inquisitive, she loved learning and always contributed in a positive way", Cox said. Air Force One first landed at a military base along the Georgia border, where Trump boarded a helicopter for an aerial tour of some of the damage.

"Just keep these families in your prayers", Harris said.

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"I'm confident that all the funeral costs will be covered and will not be a burden on them", Harris told reporters. "We're basically using everything we can get our hands on", the sheriff said. "He helped with CPR and transport", cried Hart.

Up to eight persons remain missing, officials said, and there are fears the death toll could rise, the BBC reported on Tuesday. Heavy equipment is being used to lift large pieces of debris, he said, and certain areas continue to be restricted to only first responders and search teams. EF-0 tornado tracks were discovered Tuesday in Autauga and Bullock counties.

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

"We're here for the citizens. I told them, y'all don't worry about that (the cost), I have it covered", the coroner said.

The tornado was an EF4 packing winds estimated at 170 mph (274 kph) and chewed a path of destruction up to nine-tenths of a mile (1.4 kilometers) wide in Alabama for almost 27 miles (43 kilometers), the National Weather Service said.

Forecasters ranked the worst of the outbreak at step four of the six-step Enhanced Fujita scale of tornado strength. The tornado was at least a half-mile wide as it ripped through the region.

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

The 340-bed East Alabama Medical Center is about 9 miles from Beauregard and about 20 miles from Smith Station, two Alabama communities where tornadoes hit.

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