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Citizens face homelessness after the natural disaster

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John De Block, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham, described the tornado's almost mile-wide path to NPR member station WBHM: "The tornado struck shortly after 2 o'clock in the Macon County/Lee County line".

Government teams surveying storm damage confirmed Tuesday that at least 18 tornadoes struck on Sunday in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and SC alone. That hospital has said in a statement that only four of them remained hospitalized as of Monday.

The county Sheriff's office reports that the search and rescue effort is "transitioning" into a recovery effort, which is a search for human remains instead of survivors.

A powerful tornado ripped through Beauregard and other areas of Lee County Sunday, splitting trees, lifting some homes from their foundations while obliterating others and uprooting lives.

"Just keep those families in your prayers", Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said, two days after the disaster.

As of Monday evening, Bunting said it was still unclear whether two tornadoes had hit Alabama.

Pearl and the Tigers will take on Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Tuesday night.

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"He had them squeezed tight, and he said when it came through, it just took them", Crisp said.

"It's devastating when you think about it", Reese said. In response to a question about nearby shelters for people living between the impacted cities of Opelika and Beauregard, the PIO said that shelter locations were listed on the EMA's website and Facebook page. They managed to salvage the couple's safe, her husband's motorcycle boots and her embossed Bible.

Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says crews with dogs and drones have combed over the hardest-hit areas, but there's more searching to be done. Tornadoes ravaged the area Sunday causing multiple fatalities. Based on the damage, they've determined that it was EF-4 tornado with 170 miles per hour (274 kph) winds.

Although official wind estimates for the tornado are unclear, F3 storms typically pack wind speeds between 158 and 206 miles per hour, the AP reported.

President Donald Trump said he will visit Alabama on Friday to see the damage. Tornadoes and storms were truly violent and more could be coming.

"Upon all who are suffering the effects of this calamity, the Holy Father invokes the Lord's blessing of peace and strength", Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, said in a telegram to Mobile Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi.

A "super outbreak" of tornadoes across a swathe of the U.S. in April 2011 killed more than 300 people.

A 10-year-old girl who died Sunday after a powerful tornado slashed through a tight-knit community in rural Alabama was remembered by friends and family members as a "little, precious, happy child" whose life was taken too soon.

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