#ClimateChange: At Least 23 Dead, Many Injured, In Tornado In Alabama, Officials Say; Fatalities Could Rise

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At least 23 people were confirmed dead, and “many, many” injured when an apparent large tornado destroyed several homes in a southeast Alabama community Sunday, according to officials.

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Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told The Associated Press late Sunday evening that children are among the dead. He says it’s possible the death toll could continue to rise, but authorities are pausing search efforts overnight because conditions are too dangerous in the dark due to massive amounts of debris.

An 8-year-old girl in Beauregard is among the dead, the news outlet reported.

 

“We’ve still got people being pulled out of rubble. We’re going to be here all night,” he said.

 

Alabama Emergency Management Agency spokesman Gregory Robinson said no deaths have been reported in the state beyond Lee County.

 

The deaths and injuries occurred in the community of Beauregard in Lee County, an area in the eastern part of the state near the Georgia line, Rita Smith with the Lee County Emergency Management Agency told The Associated Press.

 

Meteorologist Meredith Wyatt with the Birmingham, Alabama, office of the National Weather Service said radar and video evidence showed what looked like a large tornado crossing the area near Beauregard shortly after 2 p.m. Sunday.

 

Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy:  AP
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