BEAUREGARD, Ala – When Taylor Thornton's father finally found Sunday afternoon in the wreck of his best friend's home, he told his wife that he looked asleep.
Taylor was 10 years old at the weekend, and was at the friend's mobile home of his father when the weather forecasters and the emergency officials were increasingly pressing alarms around the tornado in the area.
At 13:58, an alert was issued, about 170 miles of wind in the house in eight or nine minutes, hovering cars in the air and clear trees. Taylor's father in Beauregard, in the epicenter of destruction, ran into the mobile home on Lee's 38th Road and went to a Sheriff's Deputy Permanent Major and a whole devastating area.
The tornado in the heart of an Eastern Alabama rural community broke a mile sphere, killing at least 23 people in the most dangerous tornado to reach the United States within six years, including three children and some families. Dozens of people have been injured, and the authorities said on Monday that an unpublished number has not yet been reported.
"After being confirmed," Ashley Thornton said about her daughter's death, family, and friends.
Taylor's friend was injured and his friend's father and father's friend were killed, Ms. Thornton said.
The deputy allowed Mr. Thornton to take his daughter from his daughter.
The tornado chopped up this close-by-home dwelling and a vinyl-sided double-edged close community, where neighbors spent the dead names on Monday, looking for dozens of people who had still not reported and faced the reality that many had lost everything.
"It hurts my heart," said Jay Jones Sheriff. “These people are tough, flexible. He lowered them.
As the puppies were driven through the stacks of stunning debris and infrared sensors, officials said they could not find any additional bodies. Officials did not release the names of the dead on Monday, but family members began to talk about them in the conversations and social media, and shared stories about the father's disappearance or the desperate search of the nurse and friend ended the worst news.
Bill Harris, Lee County Coroner, said he would meet with the victims' families privately, adding that the authorities had checked their sixth person. He said the other two children were 6 and 9 years old.
"We have lost children, mothers, fathers, neighbors and friends," Kay Ivey Gov said at an afternoon press conference. The 2011 tornado was obviously nodding, killing about 250 people in Alabama, Mr. Ivey added: "We will fight this loss. We did it before. We'll do it again.
On Monday in Beauregard, in an unmatched pocket of Alabama, near the border of Georgia, the narrow strip of the earth was a heartache and destruction. The trailers were thrown by dozens of feet. Cinder blocks, grain boxes, even a Valentine's Day balloon are sold out.
The trees that didn't get caught, at least, trembled. Coca-Cola is at a 45-degree angle to a Pontiac open-plan living room and a girl's room has a curtain slid – the above ceiling has destroyed the rigid, cool edge of the day.
Somewhere he caught the tornadoes of the tornado, which carved at least a 24-mile destructive road, and one of the devastating storms that Alabama, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina's terrorist parts on Sunday – was Thorntons's smiling daughter, beloved horses and God, Ms. Thornton said. . And they couldn't reach him.
Beauregard was a lossy landscape on Monday, when residents told their desperate efforts to save and reunite with family members.
Theo Dean said he was rushing to the street where his father lived on Sunday. But it was too late. Emergency workers and a neighbor who tried to revive his father, David Dean, 53, known here as "Road Dog," said he died less than five minutes before his son arrived.
"I didn't know he died until I got it and I found it," said Theo Dean on Monday, that chain saws were buzzing around him when people worked to clean the debris. "I wanted to find it, but I didn't want to find it because I wanted to show you later and say," Hey, I wasn't there. "
Those who were at Dean when he died, his son said he was sure he had died peacefully. But they had to move on. There were other houses to look for, other people tried to save.
"I love it, I'm missing," Theo Dean said. – You know, I know you loved it.
For many families, rebuilding from the front is insurmountable. Three generations of the Evony Lashawn Wilson family survived the storm in the bathroom while the tornado took off the roof and struck the surrounding walls. In a moment, Mrs Wilson said that her 15-year-old son, Qumran, looked at her and said, "Mom, I don't want to die.
Her husband asks her son to hang out. Mrs Wilson put down Qumran's head and told her to pray.
"Just the voice – that's what you never forgot," Ms. Wilson said. – You've heard everything that falls apart.
When they finally left, they lost everything.
Ms. Wilson's 72-year-old mother cracked in her hips in the storm, and Ms. Wilson broke her ankle. A brick house belonging to Ms. Wilson's mother and a neighboring mobile home, where Mrs Wilson and her family lived, were destroyed. Medicine, clothing, electronics and appliances have been destroyed. He said he didn't know where his refrigerator was.
"Nothing," he said Monday, first cataloging the family's losses. "Oh my God. Everything is gone.
Not far away, Granadas Baker, 38, examined what remained of the white home with a green decoration, where he, his wife and three children ran out of the storm. The wind pierced one of the bathroom walls with one of the doors Mr. Baker said he could as long as the power of the wind exploded into his home.
"There was no time to be afraid," he said. – I mean, we were scared. But the Lord has kept us. The things to replace. He doesn't live.
One of his neighbors died. The neighboring trailer, recently rebuilt after the fire, was nowhere to be found. "He's completely destroyed," said Mr. Baker.
He works on the maintenance of coconut machines and said he was thinking of both his truck and his personal S.U.V. they could be saved. If he rebuilds, he would probably get closer to the city.
"We will probably be able to save pots and pans, but everything else …" He paused.
– Where's this tree? This is my daughter's room, she said, indicating a room where none remained. Nearby, one of the battery-operated ceiling smoke alarms, which was thrown somewhere in the wreckage, is constantly beeped. On the floor, an unbroken bowl filled with yellow and leaves.
"He took everything from us," he said. – He literally took everything from us.
Alan Blinder reported to Beauregard, Jack Healy from Denver and Matt Stevens from New York. Patricia Mazzei reported to Beauregard.