At least 23 people lost their lives – with more people still missing – on Sunday (March 3) when several tornadoes plowed through Lee County in Alabama.
CNN reported that residents only had a five-minute warning before the tornadoes came through the area. A tornado watch was issued around noon, with the first tornado warning occurring at 2:58pm EST. The first reports of damage came in just five minutes later.
A second tornado warning was issued at 3:38pm EST, and the first reports of damage came in 13 minutes later. CNN reports that at least a dozen tornadoes touched down in Alabama and Georgia on Sunday.
According to Weather.com, it “was the deadliest day for tornadoes in the United States since May 20, 2013” and Alabama’s deadliest since 2011, which killed more than 200 people.
Winds were recorded at upwards to 165 miles per hour. The damage was described as “catastrophic.” You can see some of the damage in the tweets below.
— Scott Fillmer (@scottfillmer) March 3, 2019
— Kippy (@Kippykippykip) March 4, 2019
How You Can Help
While we are at a loss for words after seeing the damage to hundreds of homes, and send our condolences to the family and friends of the 23 people who lost their lives, there are some things we all can do to help everyone affected – even if you don’t live in the area.
Disaster Recovery Funds
Long Term Recovery Fund has been set up by Community Foundation of East Alabama. List as Lee County Diaster Fund contact number 334-744-1020 or email [email protected]
— Lee County EMA (@LeeCountyEOC) March 4, 2019
American Red Cross
Contact Loved Ones https://t.co/tGYzeq48nW
— LeeCo Sheriff AL (@lcsoal) March 4, 2019
The American Red Cross can help find loved ones and are taking donations here.
Auburn Dream Center
The Dream Center will be open tomorrow from 6:00-11:00 am to receive donations for the Beauregard area. Items needed are…
We are praying for those killed, their families, and all those affected by the Alabama tornadoes.
— Kay Coles James (@KayColesJames) March 4, 2019
A retired US Army combat veteran set up this GoFundMe that will “go directly to assisting families affected by this horrific catastrophe. Assistance will include: cleanup, support for displaced families, rebuilding efforts and aid with funeral expenses.”
You can donate by clicking here.
Let us know if you find anymore ways we all can help out.