WASHINGTON – At least twenty-two people were killed Sunday, including minors, and dozens were injured by tornadoes in the state of Alabama, in the United States, Sheriff Jay Jones, of Lee County, was quoted as saying this evening. local media.
“Unfortunately, I feel that the number (of victims) may increase again,” said Jones, who had previously spoken of fourteen deaths, in statements to the press.
The official said that there are still missing persons and that there are serious injuries that have been taken to hospitals.
“We have done everything we feel we can do tonight,” said Jones, who explained that the area is “very, very dangerous.”
On its website, the East Alabama Medical Center revealed that it had received at least 60 people injured by tornadoes and that they expected to receive more.
According to the National Meteorological Service, about ten tornadoes touched on the afternoon of Sunday the states of Alabama and Georgia.
The weather channel noted on its website that more than 42,000 homes and businesses suffered power outages in both states.
Today’s day has been the deadliest tornado in the United States since May 20, 2013, when 24 people were killed by the “Moore”, which devastated the state of Oklahoma, according to the National Weather Service.
Meanwhile, the governor of Alabama, Kay Ivey, announced on Twitter the extension of the State of Emergency, which declared on February 23, the entire state due to “severe weather and tornadoes.”
On that date the governor declared a State of Emergency for some Alabama counties due to flooding caused by heavy rains.
Ivey added in another tweet that the rescue teams are working fast to offer assistance to the victims.
“Our hearts go out with those who lost their lives in the storms that hit Lee County today, I pray for their families and everyone whose home or business has been affected,” he lamented.
For his part, US President Donald Trump addressed a message on Twitter “to the great people of Alabama and surrounding areas”: “Please be careful and be safe.” Tornadoes and storms are violent. truth and more will come … To the families and friends of the victims, and to the wounded, may God bless you all. ” (EFE)