Pope Francis prays for victims of Alabama tornado


"I'm still trying to process it", said Cordarrly Jones, 29.

First lady Melania Trump and the couple's son, Barron, are on the trip with the president.

Looking over splintered pieces of wood and the remains of kitchen appliances, Vernon said she had lost another home to fire previous year, adding, "We'll bounce back from this". Her friend survived and was being treated at a hospital on Monday, WSFA's Jennifer Hornton revealed in a Facebook post.

In its preliminary assessment, the NWS found the tornado had winds around 170 miles per hour and the NWS's Chris Darden told NBC News that the tornado was estimated to have spanned at least 24 miles in length.

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.

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

Every victim, including four children, was found close to their homes, rescue crews say.

Trump and his wife Melania Trump took a helicopter tour of the area before going to the homes of some victims in the tiny and especially hard-hit community of Beauregard, near the border with Georgia.

The trail of destruction was half a mile wide and overwhelmed rural Lee County's coroners' office, forcing it to call in help from the state.

Jones said "the devastation is incredible" and that rescue teams will resume their work at first light Monday.

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Southeast of Auburn is the small, unincorporated town of Beauregard, which was home to a ravaging tornado that claimed that lives of at least 23 people.

Survey teams for the National Weather Service found evidence of the twisters in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and SC.

The NWS confirmed tornadoes south of Quincy, Florida, and another near Crawfordville in Wakulla County.

"This is a hard time for the state of Alabama, but knowing that we have this additional assistance, and the support of our president and folks across the country, we will get through this together".

A vast part of the region from Texas to Georgia will be under threat of severe weather Saturday, the national Storm Prediction Center warned. The at-risk area is home to 41 million people and includes major cities such as Dallas, New Orleans and Atlanta.

Law enforcement officials had accounted for the final seven people on their list of those reported missing after the Sunday storm, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said.

Pope Francis is sending condolences to tornado victims in Alabama, where searchers have been scouring a dismal landscape of shattered homes, splintered pines and broken lives.

Trump is expected to visit destroyed areas in the state on Friday.

An EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011 killed 158 people.

Alabama search and rescue teams on Tuesday were combing through the wreckage of houses flatted by weekend tornadoes, looking for seven or eight people still unaccounted for in the wake of the deadliest US twister outbreak since 2013.