Alabama tornado: rescuers continue search after twister kills 23
- At least three children killed as officials say toll could rise
- Town of Beauregard wrecked by 170mph, mile-wide twister
Rescue workers are continuing to search parts of rural eastern Alabama despite declining hopes of finding any more survivors after six tornadoes ripped across the state killing 23 people, including three children, and leaving hundreds homeless.
The destruction of Beauregard, in Lee county, now little more than a tableau of smashed mobile homes, toys, clothes, insulation, water heaters, metal and severed pine trees, showed the strength of a storm that now ranks as the deadliest in six years and which one official compared to “a giant knife scraping the ground”.