Alabama tornadoes kill at least 23 and cause 'catastrophic' damage

Sheriff says death toll is likely to rise as as as search-and-rescue efforts continued in the south-eastern part of the state

Authorities in Alabama county hit hardest by tornadoes at the weekend said on Monday morning the death toll was likely to rise from the confirmed 23, as search-and-rescue efforts continued in the south-eastern part of the state.

The Lee county sheriff, Jay Jones, said “several people” were still unaccounted for in Beauregard, a community south of the city of Opelika that took the brunt of assault from a pair of powerful tornadoes that touched down with winds estimated at between 136mph and 165mph.

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Source: theguardian