Auburn coaches, players help provide relief after devastating tornados rip through Alabama

Minnie Murray
March 9, 2019

The tornado that hit Sunday was the nation's deadliest in almost six years.

On Tuesday, the search for bodies, pets and belongings continued in and around Beauregard amid the din of beeping heavy machinery and whining chain saws.

"It looks nearly as if someone took a giant knife and scraped the ground", Sheriff Jay Jones of Lee County told the AFP news agency.

"We've got piles of rubble that we are searching just to make sure", said Opelika Fire Chief Byron Prather Jr. "We don't think we'll find nobody there, but we don't want to leave any stone unturned".

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris told CNN affiliate WTVM on Tuesday that both corporations wish to remain anonymous.

"We're gonna take care", Trump said. Winds reached highs of roughly 175 miles per hour.

"She was a very sweet, loving child, innocent as she could be", Ashley said.

"It's bad", the governor told reporters Wednesday as she took a walking tour past shattered mobile homes as residents hunted amid piles of debris for belongings they could salvage. One of their two brothers who lived at the house survived and was taken to a hospital. The 23 who died included a 6-year-old boy and a couple in their 80s. Those three deaths meant cousins Cordarrly and Demetria Jones lost their grandparents and an uncle. "They're all spears. They're all killing machines".

The tracks of the two storms are less than a mile apart in some spots, with the stronger storm rolling through the region at about 2 pm Sunday afternoon (local time), and the second following close on its heels, coming close to partially overlapping the initial twister's path. He was known as "Roaddog" for his love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. "He was done and gone before we got to him".

Earlier in the week, Trump said he had told the Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, to give "A Plus" treatment to Alabama in the wake of the tornadoes.

It travelled around 70 miles through Alabama and Georgia, where it caused more damage.

Brittney Downs looks through the debris of a family member's destroyed home the day after a deadly tornado ravaged the area, in Beauregard, Ala., Monday, March 4, 2019.

Ivey first toured the area by helicopter, then set out on foot along a county road where many fatalities occurred.

Trump says "it's been a tragic situation but a lot of good work is being done".

iHeart stations in Birmingham, Auburn, Gadsden and Tuscaloosa are partnering with the Alabama Broadcasting Association for the iHeartRadio Lee County Tornado Relief, a disaster relief fundraiser benefiting Community Foundation of East Alabama's Long-Term Recovery Fund.

More than 6,000 homes were left without power in Alabama, according to, while 16,000 suffered outages in neighbouring Georgia. "They started crying talking about it", said Mathews, an associate pastor at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church.

Numerous people living in the area are senior citizens who moved to the country after retiring from textile mills or an old magnetic-tape manufacturing plant that closed years ago, Mathews said.

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