At least 23 dead after tornadoes touch down southeast of Auburn in Lee County

LEE COUNTY, Ala. - Multiple people have been confirmed dead after a series of tornadoes moved across numerous counties in central and south Alabama, including Lee County where the cities of Auburn, Beauregard and Smith Station are located.

Our news partners at AL.com reported at least 23 people were dead.

They also confirmed multiple search and rescue operations were underway across Lee County and Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said those operations could last all night.

“We’re still got people being pulled out of rubble,” he said. “We’re going to be here all night.”

In a tweet, Governor Kay Ivey announced the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and other agencies were working to provide assistance to those affected.

"Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives in the storms that hit Lee County today," she stated.

Gov. Ivey also announced she would extend the state of emergency originally issued on February 23, re-issuing it for the entire state.

President Donald Trump tweeted, advising residents of Alabama to "be careful and safe," adding "To the families and friends of the victims, and to the injured, God bless you all!"

The National Weather Service in Birmingham tweeted their thoughts and prayers for those impacted by the tornadoes, adding, "Please stay out of damaged areas so first responders can do their job." The NWS announced Sunday evening that they will send out three survey teams on Monday to survey the damage from the Lee County tornado, as well as tornadoes in Autauga, Macon, and Barbour Counties.

East Alabama Medical Center said on Sunday that they had received more than 40 patients after the storm.

Below is additional information from throughout social media.

 

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