‘Like a giant knife scraped the ground’: Aerial photographs reveal the utter devastation caused by the 170mph Alabama tornadoes as they razed homes to the ground, killing 23 including three children, as rescuers say the death toll will rise

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
By Paul Martin

Stunning aerial photographs reveal extent of the destruction caused by tornadoes in Lee County, Alabama
Among the dead were Armando Hernandez, six, and Taylor Thornton, ten, both from Beauregard, Alabama
David Wayne Dean, 53, was killed when his double wide trailer was ripped apart Sunday by a twister
Vicki Braswell, 69, was killed when the wall of her mobile home collapsed on her as she and her family sought shelter
Felicia Renee Woodall and her boyfriend, Ryan Pence, were also identified as two of the 23 fatalities
Lee County Coroner Brian Harris said at a press briefing Monday 17 of the 23 victims have been identified
Sheriff Jay Jones said rescue crews canvassed areas with the worst damage, but the search is ongoing
The twister has been classified as an F4 on the Fujita scale as early assessments indicate winds hit 170mph
Officials say it carved a path of destruction 24 miles long and nearly a mile wide along Alabama Highway 51
It was the deadliest tornado in the US since 2013, when an F5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, killed 24 people
At least a dozen tornadoes were reported Sunday as a massive storm system tore across parts of Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Florida, leaving more than 40,000 people without power

5 March 2019

Dramatic aerial photographs show the scale of the destruction left behind by massive tornadoes that ripped through communities of mobile homes in Alabama on Sunday.

Roofs were torn off homes, debris was scattered all around, and communities looked from above as if they had been hit by a bomb.

Rescue crews using dogs and drones searched for victims amid splintered lumber and twisted metal on Monday after the deadliest U.S. tornado in nearly six years ripped through a rural Alabama community.

At least 23 people were killed, some of them children.

Dozens were missing in Lee County nearly a day after the twister struck, according to the sheriff, who said that crews had combed the hardest-hit areas but that other places had yet to be searched.

The winds Sunday afternoon obliterated numerous homes, leaving huge, jumbled piles of wood and household belongings.

Some homes were reduced to concrete slabs. Debris was scattered across the countryside, with shredded metal hanging from the pine trees.

‘I’m not going to be surprised if we don’t come up with some more deceased. Hopefully we won’t,’ Coroner Bill Harris said.

He said the dead included almost entire families and at least three children, ages 6, 9 and 10.

A post on the Lee-Scott Academy’s Facebook page said fourth-grader Taylor Thornton was among those killed.

On the day after the disaster, volunteers used chain saws to clear paths for emergency workers. Neighbors and friends helped one another find some of their belongings in the ruins.

Carol Dean found her wedding dress among the wreckage of her mobile home. She also found a Father’s Day note to her husband reading, ‘Daddy, I love you to pieces.’

But the storm took her 53-year-old husband.

She said David Wayne Dean was at home Sunday afternoon and had texted a friend to beware when the tornado hit.

‘He didn’t make it out,’ she said.

Dean said she rushed home from her job at Walmart when she couldn’t reach her husband on the phone.

She pushed her way past sheriff’s deputies who tried to keep her out of the damaged area. Her children had found David Dean’s body in a neighbor’s yard.

‘Our son found him,’ Dean said between sobs Monday.

‘He was done and gone before we got to him. My life is gone. He was the reason I lived, the reason that I got up.’

After the storm, Dean rushed home from work in time to say goodbye to the husband others called Roaddog, for his love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles. She pushed past sheriff’s deputies who tried to keep people from the area and went to where her husband’s body lay.

‘They took me down to him,’ Dean said, ‘and I got to spend a little time with him before they took him away.’

At the R&D Grocery, rattled residents asked one another if they were OK.

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