Family reunited with pet cat after tornado in Alabama

Alabama Tornado Kills At Least 22, More Still Missing

Sheila Creech, 59, had been staying at companion Marshal Lynn Grimes' home in Alabama while damage from Hurricane Michael was being repaired at her Panama City Beach, Florida, apartment building, her granddaughter said.

The tornado swept mobile homes tucked among tall pine trees from their bases and smashed them into unrecognizable piles of rubble.

Carol Dean (R) cries while embraced by Megan Anderson and her 18-month-old daughter Madilyn, as Dean sifts through the debris of the home she shared with her husband, David Wayne Dean, who died when a tornado destroyed the house in Beauregard, Ala., on March 4, 2019.

An EF4 tornado is second highest on the scale and is reserved for tornadoes with three-second gusts between 166 miles per hour and 200 miles per hour.

Officials believe the death toll is stabilized.

Law enforcement teams have been searching amid splintered lumber and twisted metal from the air and by foot using cadaver-sniffing dogs, finding no more bodies since Monday.

"We are still in standby mode on the outside chance they find somebody else, which is not likely", Lee County Coroner Bill Harris told a news conference.

Taylor Thornton, a fourth grader at Lee-Scott Academy, was among those killed, Stan Cox, the head of the school, confirmed to CNN after meeting with her parents.

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All of the deaths reported so far have been in Lee County.

Julie Morrison and her daughter-in-law picked through the ruins of Morrison's home in Beauregard, looking for keys and a wallet.

"I cannot express in words how pleased we were to account for the individuals on that list", Jones said.

As a young couple, they had two children together, before moving on to new relationships and having more children with other partners, Clifton said. Her friend survived and was being treated at a hospital on Monday, WSFA's Jennifer Hornton revealed in a Facebook post. The weather service says that tornado crossed into western Georgia and inflicted more damage.

All of the people initially reported as missing after a string of deadly tornadoes tore through Alabama have now been accounted for, Lee Smith, the spokeswoman for the Lee County Emergency Management Agency, confirmed to CNN Wednesday.

The county Sheriff's office reports that the search and rescue effort is "transitioning" into a recovery effort, which is a search for human remains instead of survivors.

"President Trump has been very gracious and pledged his unwavering support to Alabama since the devastating storms and tornadoes struck Alabama over the weekend". University of Georgia meteorology professor Marshall Shepherd said government forecasters "were all over it". The National Weather Service put out severe tornado warnings two days prior to the residents of the four states.

A media contact for the American Red Cross likewise could not identify tornado-safe houses for those residing in the rural area between Opelika and Beauregard. "No mean bone in her body whatsoever".

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