Trump Grants Alabama Governor's Request For Expedited Disaster Declaration After Storms

Alabama Tornado Kills At Least 22, More Still Missing

"It's been a tragic situation, but a lot of good work is being done", he told reporters at the White House.

Trump is expected to visit destroyed areas in the state on Friday.

"All we could do is just hold on for life and pray", said Jonathan Clardy, who huddled with his family inside their Beauregard trailer as the tornado ripped the roof off.

"You look and you see all this rubble, but through all this rubble you see something", Kidd said.

A cousin who was in the same house as those killed sustained injuries and is now hospitalized, Griffin said. "People were better because they were with her and now our school feels empty without her".

The National Weather Service had issued numerous tornado warnings for Alabama, Georgia, Florida and SC as severe weather swept across the region Sunday.

Reports from the agency's survey teams say storm systems crossing the region Sunday spun off tornadoes in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and SC. Officials warned that the death toll could still rise.

"It was God", she said.

The youngest victim was Armando Hernandez, 6, family member Sara Crisp said. "He was done and gone before we got to him". Among the first to be buried was Marshall Lynn Grimes, 59, who perished along with his girlfriend and an 11-year-old friend of Grimes' daughter when the tornado demolished his mobile home. Also dead, they said, were seven cousins by both blood and marriage: Eric Jamal Stenson, 38; Florel Tate Stenson; 63; Henry Lewis Stenson; 65; James Henry Tate, 86; Tresia Robinson, 62; Raymond Robinson Jr., 63; and Maggie Delight Robinson, 57.

By the morning of March 4, four of the 63 patients treated at the medical center remained hospitalized.

Their schedule in Lee County is unknown.

It's impossible to quantify the odds on this kind of an "instant replay" track, but generally speaking once a major storm moves through an area, the nature of the local atmosphere there is changed.

President Donald Trump tweeted: "To the great people of Alabama and surrounding areas: Please be careful and safe".

"Mobile homes are of very poor quality build and they don't have basements, so you can't get to a basement shelter", said Stokoe.

"I just said my prayers".

The president is now on the ground in Beauregard, Alabama, meeting with families effected by the tornado. The so-called Fujita scale measures wind speed and the corresponding destructive power of a tornado.

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.

"I want to thank him in advance for coming to Alabama and for this emergency declaration", Jones told a news conference Thursday after touring one of the hardest-hit areas of the small Beauregard community.

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