At least 23 people died when the storm hit Lee County on Sunday.
As a huge tornado received on Sunday in Alabama's Lee County, the cutting of flats and trees from the ground, the inhabitants grabbed to cover, and in every way they tried to survive the deadly storm.
The tornado, rated 170 mph EF-4 and the strongest to strike the US over several years, was one of Alabama-Georgia's border area on Sunday afternoon, in a severe weather outbreak. At least 23 people were killed, including three children. Dozens of injured.
The tornado was almost a mile away and cut a 24-mile path, said Chris Darden, National Weather Service.
"[It was] a monster tornado as he moved in the area, ”he told reporters.
For the first time, forecasters began discussing the threat of tornadoes on Thursday, and tornadoes were released on Sunday morning. About eight minutes before the tornado strike, the National Weather Service raised it to a tornado warning, and the authorities said the alerts were sent to every cell phone.
Greg Molinari, whose home was destroyed, told AL.com that he and his wife knew they were taking the storm seriously when the tornado sirens started. She said she got the text from her daughter saying she got into the bathroom and put the tiles on their heads.
"Well, the bathroom wasn't a good idea because it was an external wall. But we went down the corridor, which is a small, closed area," he told AL.com, reminding him of a sad deadly experience. – And we made large cookware over our heads. We saved our lives. The ceiling fell down.
Another survivor told CBS that he hid in the closet when the tornado hit. When the wind passed, the roof disappeared – and it was around chaos.
"It's like a war zone," CBS said. – I knew it was bad, but I didn't know how bad it was.
Joshua Waites told the WVTM that he was going down the highway when he saw a woman whose baby walked away from the dead homes. He said he asked if something was needed and told him two more people were living and asking for help under the rubble.
"We excavated them," he said to the station, adding that they were still conscious and sensitive. "They were in the bathroom and in the shower, and in about half an hour they managed to dig them."
Taylor Grantham told AL.com that he and his family felt lucky – just staying home on the wall and damaging the roof while others were nearby.
He added, they heard the sirens, but his husband appeared when he saw the storm approaching.
"He got the mattress and covered us," he told AL.com. "We were just in the hallway and stayed under the mattress until it was over."
Another woman told AccuWeather that she first realized that the tornado had descended in her home when the wind picked up and saw the horse running and panic.
With her husband, son, niece and nephew, she went to the bath as the intense storm ran, she said. Yet it was difficult to understand the destruction of his home and the surrounding area.
"It was really nice," he said.
Granadas Baker told the New York Times that his first sign was a tornado when his ears jumped. He ran his wife and three children into the bathroom, then pushed him toward the door as the wind tried to open it.
The storm raised the roof from their home, but the Baker family survived.
"There was no time to be afraid," the Times said. – I mean, we were scared. But the Lord has kept us. The things to replace. He doesn't live.
At the nearby Smiths station, the Buck Wild Saloon roof and walls were crushed by the wind. The owner David McBride told CBS News that he was sitting in the truck when the storm hit.
"I saw his eyes turn around in the air, and I said," Oh, no, that's not good, "McBride said.
On the street, the Charlie Patel gas station owner was at the sales desk, when the tornado began to tear in the surrounding building, he told CBS.
Both men were injured.
So a woman's dog, WRBL, reported. The woman reunited with her pet on Sunday when she returned to the homicide.
Search and rescue teams continued their tornado on Monday and were looking for other potential victims. Jay Jones Lee County Sheriff said he would be ready to search for K9, underground troops, including volunteers and infrared drones, Monday or Tuesday.
"Basically, we use everything we can do to get a search," he said.
Sunday's tornado was the most dangerous in the US for years, and for Lee County it was just unprecedented. Jones told reporters that he believed in the community despite the severity of the tornado.
"This community is rebuilding. They will remain," he said. – These are hard people and they will do it.