Deadly Twister Touches Down


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Cate Cato, Staff Writer

This past Sunday, the deadliest tornado in six years touched down in Alabama. Nearly 23 victims have been found dead already, and authorities say they are still searching. Meteorologists began to sound the alarms as early as Tuesday and gave an accurate warning of the severe dangers the tornado would bring.

Cora Jones is a survivor, but she is suffering the loss of her brother, her parents and seven other extended family members. Jones’s home was not damaged, but when she reached her parents home, she saw it had been leveled. Both her parents and brother had been living in the house and were killed in the storm. Jones found her father’s body amid the wreckage herself.

“I didn’t have no idea I would see my momma for the last time and I would have so many things to tell her and I couldn’t tell her,” Jones said.

One of the tornadoes that struck down in Alabama had estimated wind speeds of 170mph, making it an EF4, the second most dangerous tornado. The worst of the damage was near Beauregard, Alabama, according to the Lee County Emergency Management Agency.

St. Louisian’s can reach out in many ways to help victims recover from this natural disaster, but recovery funds and relief drives are be most helpful. A disaster recovery fund was established by Community Foundation of East Alabama, Lee County EMA announced on Monday. To donate, call 334-744-1020 or email [email protected].