Alabama Tornado Aftermath: Deadly Storm Ravages Lee County—Photos

An outbreak of deadly tornados ripped through the Southeast area of Alabama, claiming the lives of 23 people, including some children, last night on Sunday, March 3, 2019.

Rescue crews are still searching for victims a day after at the storm’s rampage, as AP reports it to be the “deadliest day of tornadoes in the U.S. in nearly six years.” Residential homes were smashed to their foundations, as metal debris dangled from trees and dead animals lay out in the open, in what can only be described as nothing short of a scene from a horror movie. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones, who is a resident of Beauregard, said “it looks like someone almost just took a giant knife and scraped the ground.”

Beauregard, an unincorporated community about 60 miles east of Montgomery with a population of about 10,000 people, is one of the rural communities that took the brunt of the tornado’s hit. “Everybody in Beauregard is a real close-knit family,” resident Jonathan Clardy said. “Everybody knows everybody around here. Everybody is heartbroken.”

Winds were believed to be at around a whopping 136 mph or higher, classifying this storm as a an EF-3 rated twister. While the brutal damage could very well much be the doing of one tornado, meteorologist at the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center, Patrick Marsh, said that there was likely another twister on hand as well.

Below are photos showing the tragic aftermath of the Alabama tornado outbreak in Lee County:


Monday March 4, 2019


Debris from a home litters a yard the day after a tornado blew it off its foundation, lower right, in Beauregard, Alabama.


Debris litters a yard the day after a deadly tornado damaged a home in Beauregard, Alabama.


This aerial photo shows damage caused by Sunday’s powerful tornado in Beauregard, Alabama.


A truck is seen flipped over in the photo above, taken after Sunday’s powerful tornado in Beauregard, Alabama.


This aerial photo shows more of the damage in Beauregard, Alabama.


Danny Allen helps recover belongings while sifting through the debris of a friend’s home destroyed by a tornado in Beauregard, Alabama.


Ashley Griggs, left, helps Joey Roush sift through what is left of his mother’s home after it was destroyed by a tornado in Beauregard, Alabama.


Julie Morrison looks through the debris of her destroyed home on Lee County Road 63 in Beauregard, Alabama, the day after a deadly tornado ravaged the area.


Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones updates the media on search and rescue efforts following Sunday’s tornado during a press conference at Beauregard High School in Beauregard, Alabama.

Rescuers prepared Monday to tear through the rubble of mobile homes and houses in search of survivors of a powerful tornado that rampaged through southeast Alabama, killing over a dozen people.


Beauregard High School students and members of the community bow their heads in prayer as students lead a prayer service for the community at Beauregard High School’s basketball gymnasium in Beauregard, Alabama.


Beauregard High School students Kiya Heptinstall and Madison Durham embrace after students held a prayer service for the community at Beauregard High School’s basketball gymnasium in Beauregard, Alabama.


Emergency personnel prepare to deploy from the staging area at Sanford Middle School for more search and rescue efforts in Beauregard, Alabama, after the deadly tornado ravaged the area.


Debris litters the property of a destroyed home on Lee County Road 63 in Beauregard, Alabama.


Brittney Downs looks through the debris of a family member’s destroyed home the day after a deadly tornado ravaged the area, in Beauregard, Alabama.


Debris litters the property of a destroyed home on Lee County Road 63 in Beauregard, Alabama.


Parts of a fence is seen above amongst the debris littering the property of a destroyed home on Lee County Road 63 in Beauregard.


A resident looks through the debris of a family member’s destroyed home the day after a deadly tornado ravaged the area, in Beauregard, Alabama.


Map locates Beauregard, Alabama, where tornadoes killed people and caused injuries and damage.


Sunday March 3, 2019


A vehicle is caught under downed trees along Lee Road 11 in Beauregard, Alabama after a powerful storm system passed through the area.


This photo shows some damage at the Buck Wild Saloon, located on U.S. Highway 280, east of Smiths Station, Alabama.


Debris litters the Buck Wild Saloon, after it was heavily damaged by a tornado, in Smiths Station, Alabama.


More debris from the tornado can is seen above outside of Buck Wild Saloon, after it was heavily damaged in Smiths Station, Alabama.


This photo shows debris in Lee County, Alabama, after a tornado struck in the area.

Severe storms destroyed mobile homes, snapped trees and left a trail of destruction amid weather warnings extending into Georgia, Florida and South Carolina, authorities said.


Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones speaks to reporters at the staging area at Sanford Middle School in Beauregard, Alabama.


Emergency personnel work the staging area at Sanford Middle School in Beauregard, Alabama.


Emergency responders work in the scene amid debris in Lee County, Alabama, after what appeared to be a tornado struck in the area.


People walk amid debris in Lee County, Alabama, after what appeared to be a tornado struck in the area.


The Associated Press is a contributor of this post.

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