At Least 23 Killed After Powerful Tornado Rips Through Alabama, Search For Survivors Continues

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Sheriff: devastation is incredible

ABOVE VIDEO: The death toll has now increased to 23 people killed by a possible tornado in Lee County, Alabama, on Sunday as severe storms left a trail of destruction, authorities said. CBS affiliate WRBL-TV’s Elizabeth White reports from the scene as she gathers information from Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones.

(CBS NEWS) – 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 and killed at least 23 people. The youngest victim was 6 years old, a sheriff said Monday.

The trail of destruction from the Sunday afternoon twister was at least half a mile wide and overwhelmed rural Lee County’s coroner’s office, forcing it to call in help from the state.

“The devastation is incredible,” Sheriff Jay Jones said.

Drones flying overheard equipped with heat-seeking devices had scanned the area for survivors, but the dangerous conditions halted the search late Sunday, Jones said. Rescuers planned to resume the search at daylight Monday.

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