Grieving widow of Alabama tornado victim speaks amid devastation

Grieving widow of Alabama tornado victim speaks amid devastation

"We have several people who are still unaccounted for", Jones said.

Dean's body was found in a neighbor's yard after the twister demolished his mobile home Sunday afternoon. "She came right in and made friends very easily".

Then the storm hit.

"Our son found him", wife Carol Dean told The Associated Press. "The house we were in went up and the floors disappeared underneath us". My life is gone.

"I got another call from another company that will do the same thing".

The National Weather Service had issued numerous tornado warnings for Alabama, Georgia, Florida and SC as severe weather swept across the region Sunday.

The tornado was part of a severe storm system that caused major damage and produced tornadoes in Georgia, Florida and SC, according to The Weather Channel. Lee County and neighboring counties in Georgia sustained the most damage.

Mobile homes tucked among tall pine trees were swept from their bases and smashed into unrecognizable piles of rubble. She said numerous homes were destroyed or damaged in Beauregard, about 95 kilometers (59 miles) east of Montgomery, the state capital.

The tornadoes there struck at about 14:00 (20:00 GMT) on Sunday, carving a path at least a half a mile wide and at least a mile long.

Officials believe the death toll is stabilized.

"We are still in standby mode on the outside chance they find somebody else, which is not likely", Lee County Coroner Bill Harris told a news conference. A second victim was identified as Beauregard fourth grader Taylor Thornton (left inset), the daughter of Ashley and David Thornton.

All of the deaths reported so far have been in Lee County. "People were better because they were with her and now our school feels empty without her".

Julie Morrison and her daughter-in-law picked through the remnants of Morrison's home, looking for keys and a wallet. But the storm took her husband.

"He's pretty banged up, but he's going to make it and his family is doing well", he said of Burroughs.

Chris Darden is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

"It looks like someone nearly just took a giant knife and scraped the ground", the sheriff said.

Forecasters say tornado-ravaged Alabama and several other southern states will soon be under threat of more severe storms.

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

As residents cope with the damage and loss from the weekend's storm, the National Weather Service is warning more tornadoes may be on the way, according to member station WBHM's Miranda Fulmore.

"The situation will now move, as it should, to a recovery", Jones said. "No mean bone in her body whatsoever".

"All we could do is just hold on for life and pray", said Jonathan Clardy, who huddled with his family inside their Beauregard trailer as the tornado ripped the roof off.

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