Beauregard, Mar 4 : The death toll in Alabama have now reached 23 as powerful tornadoes swept through the southeastern US state here, media reported, citing Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones.
Earlier in the day, media reported that 14 people were killed as a result of tornadoes in Alabama, adding that the death toll was likely to rise. At least 40 people were reported injured.
"We’ve done everything we feel like we can do this evening. The area is just very, very hazardous to put anybody in to at this point in time - debris everywhere and it’s just...just some mass damage to structures and residences in the area," Jones said, as quoted by the WBRC channel.
The sheriff noted that people were still reported missing, and a more organised search would be conducted in the morning.According to Lee County Coroner Bill Harris, quoted by the broadcaster, there are both children and older adults among the victims. UNI