At least 23 people have been killed, including at least one child, when large and damaging tornadoes swept through Southeastern Alabama Sunday afternoon.
The deaths were in Lee County, on the border with Georgia, near the town of Beauregard, just east of Montgomery.
The sheriff’s office said there were a large number of injuries with the damage reaching as much as a half-a-mile wide.
Images from the scene show homes knocked off their foundations, others completely destroyed, along with overturned cars, and trees snapped liked toothpicks.
The storms erupted around 1 P.M. Eastern time Sunday and the area coroners’ office has reported the death toll will likely rise in an area, as he described it, of total destruction.
Tornados also erupted across the region leaving a trail of destruction extending into Georgia, Florida and South Carolina.