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14 dead in 'catastrophic' Alabama tornado

14 dead in 'catastrophic' Alabama tornado

Several people in Lee County were taken to hospitals, "some of them with very serious injuries", he added.

NWS Birmingham appeared to confirm that there were multiple twisters in the area, tweeting that the "first tornado to impact Lee County today was at least an EF-3 & at least 1/2 mi wide".

At a Monday afternoon news conference, Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones said: "I am pleased to report we have not recovered any further victims from the areas we have initially searched".

"We've still got people being pulled out of rubble", Lee County Coroner Bill Harris told Al.com on Sunday evening.

Television images showed the heavy rain had relented by dusk but many roads in the worst-hit areas were left littered with debris and unpassable.

A fallen cell tower lies across US Route 280 highway in Lee County, after the huge tornado struck the area.

No deaths had been reported Sunday evening from storm-damaged Alabama counties outside Lee County, said Gregory Robinson, spokesman for the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.

An early March tornado outbreak in the Alabama-Mississippi area is not unusual, tornado experts said. The tornado watch also covers a large area of SC, including the cities of Charleston and Columbia. She said the state was working to help families who had been impacted.

"Praying for their families and everyone whose homes or businesses were affected".

The EF-3 designation - on a scale of 0 to 5 - means the tornado had winds of 218 to 266 kilometres per hour.

Alabama authorities said they expect the death totals in southeast Alabama to rise as they search for survivors and victims.

The weather service says it also determined there was another storm track nearby in Lee County that also will be studied by a team of experts on Monday.

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Meanwhile, about 10 inches of snow was expected to fall in the New York City area by Monday morning with the arrival of another arctic blast, prompting all schools in the city to be closed and New Jersey to declare a state of emergency.

According to data from the U.S. National Weather Service, at least a dozen tornadoes touched down in Alabama, near the Georgia state line.

"Complete apartments are gone and damaged", said Pastor Vinton Copeland from the local Baptist church, according to CNN.

Footage showed smashed buildings and snapped trees in Talbotton, about 80 miles south of Atlanta.

Darden said the "monster tornado" was the deadliest twister to hit the US since May 2013, when an EF-5 killed 24 people in Moore, Oklahoma.

The total death toll on that day across the USA topped 324, making it one of the deadliest ever recorded.

"The last check I had was between six and eight injuries", Erenheim said in a phone interview. "I wouldn't wish this on anybody", one resident said.

President Trump on Monday said he's ordered the Federal Emergency Management Agency to give Alabama the "A Plus treatment" in wake of the deadly tornadoes that claimed at least 23 lives.

Stay with News4Jax for frequent updates on developing storms.

A sheriff says the death toll is now at 22 from a large tornado that devastated an Alabama community.

The threat of severe weather was expected to continue until late Sunday.