On Friday, a funeral will be held for the youngest tornado victim, Armando "A.J". He said he found more than a half-dozen bodies or fatally injured residents along Lee County 39, the road where so numerous family members died.
"Alabamians are certainly a resilient people, but given the severity of the damage from these tornadoes, we will still need help", Jones said. The victims ranged in age from 6 to 89.
He said: "It looks like someone has taken a giant knife and scraped the ground". The weather service said it remained on the ground for an hour and 16 minutes, crossing the Chattahoochee River into western Georgia along a path stretching roughly 70 miles (112 kilometers).
Local resident Scott Fillmer said: "Everything just kind of went dark, when it was nearly like night outside".
The boy's father and brother both survived. Ingram said the president signed her sister's Bible as well.
Most of the deceased were found in close proximity to their homes. 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". He was known as "Roaddog" for his love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. My life is gone. "I wanted to come the day it happened".
"We hope our recovery efforts will help alleviate the pain for so many who are suffering the loss of loved ones and of their homes during this harrowing time". The tornado trekked almost 70 miles (113 kilometers) from western Alabama into Georgia after crossing the Chattahoochee River at the state line. Most have been released from the hospital.
Head bowed, President Donald Trump paid respects Friday to the 23 people killed when a powerful tornado roared through a rural Alabama town, observing a moment of silence before white wooden crosses that stood in remembrance of each victim.
Since the disaster struck, President Trump has been in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Alabama's Gov. Kay Ivey (R) to assist the situation.
During a tornado, people should seek shelter in the interior room of a home on the lowest floor, according to KnoWhat2Do.com, North Texas' regional preparedness website. Church chaplain Ike Mathews walked down a road lined with broken trees and debris as he went to check on members of his congregation and emergency workers. "They started crying talking about it", said Mathews, an associate pastor at Rising Star Missionary Baptist Church. "It was the most insane sound", Willis said. They invest in their homes, and they have a sense of legacy.
"He said there was nothing left", Ashley said.
Jenifer Vernon, a 40-year-old grocery store attendant, surveyed the wreckage of her flattened home, spread in piles on either side of her Beauregard street.
"It's devastating when you think about it", Reese said.