At least 23 people are known to have died in Lee County, Alabama. There are fears that the death toll will rise as emergency crews dig through rubble. A state of emergency is in operation, with resources from across Alabama pouring into the affected area. Drones with infrared capability are being used in an attempt to find survivors.
Tornadoes struck a path at least a half a mile wide and at least a mile long. The National Weather Service (NWS) made a classification of at least EF-3 – meaning winds of up to 165mph.