Alabama's Governor Signs Agreement With FEMA for Emergency Funds

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A tornado last Sunday in rural Alabama killed 23 people. The victims ranged in age from 6 to 89. He prays that Almighty God may grant eternal rest to the dead, especially the children, and healing and consolation to the injured and those who grieve.

The National Weather Service said it would send three survey teams to assess the damage caused by tornados across the state on Monday. They left a trail of destruction in their path.

"It looks nearly as if someone took a giant knife and just scraped the ground", Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones told USA Today.

Erroll Reese told CNN affiliate WRAL that he lost seven members of his family to the tornadoes, and that at least 30 more now are without homes.

"He had them squeezed tight, and he said when it came through, it just took them", Crisp said. Two houses down, 63-year-old Raymond Robinson Jr. and his wife Tresia were killed when the tornado leveled their home. One of their two brothers who lived at the house survived and was taken to a hospital.

Trump also thanked law enforcement and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, whose department oversees the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is assisting state and local response efforts.

She says that growing up, she learned the importance of community. "We gotta help our families". Pardrige, her family and their two dogs and pet rabbit all survived, but almost everything they owned was destroyed.

He says, "What they've been through is incredible".

At one point, Trump and the first lady walked up to one of the white crosses, which were decorated with large red hearts, stuffed animals and flowers, and touched the top of them very delicately, the report added. Yet, families are reeling after the loss of loved ones.

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Cousins Johnathan Marquez Bowen, 9, and Mykala Waldon, 8, were also killed in the tornado.

During his visit to the tornado zone, a reporter noted that the president was signing Bibles for "volunteers and survivors at a Baptist church". "I enjoyed him coming. He helped with CPR and transport", cried Hart.

As of Tuesday, about seven to eight people remained unaccounted for, said Jones.

County Emergency Management Director Kathy Carson said she was a "pretty sure" that tornado sirens in Beauregard sounded warnings but that authorities were busy with the search-and-rescue and had not yet looked into the question.

"So I went through my home this morning I got things that I'm not going to use and I know they'll be needed here".

"We're here for the citizens. We will recover, and we will lift up Lee County in this time of need".

Tornadoes are measured on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which is abbreviated to EF when labeling storms.

The tornadoes, stirred up by a late-winter "supercell" thunderstorm, toppled mobile homes and uprooted massive trees on Sunday with 170 mile-per-hour (274 km-per hour) winds.

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.