• Officials identify all 23 victims of Alabama tornadoes; ages range from 6 to 89

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    LEE COUNTY, Ala. - Officials have released the names of all 23 victims who were killed during Sunday's tornadoes in Alabama.

    Lee County Coroner Bill Harris confirmed the victims' ages ranged from 6 to 89. Seven of the victims belonged to one extended family, Harris said. 

    Four children -- ages 6, 8, 9 and 10 -- were the youngest victims. 

    Our ABC affliate ABC 33/40 in Birmingham received this list of victims names:

    • Armondo (AJ) Hernandez, 6
    • Charlotte Ann Miller, 59
    • David Dean, 53
    • Emmanuiel Jones, 53
    • Eric Jamal Stenson, 38
    • Felica Woodall, 22
    • Florel Tate Stenson, 63
    • Henry Lewis Stenson, 65
    • Irma Gomez-Moran, 41
    • James Henry Tate, 86
    • Jimmy Lee Jones, 89
    • Jonathan Marquez Bowen, 9
    • Maggie Delight Robinson, 57
    • Mamie Roberts Koon, 68
    • Marshall Lynn Grimes, 59
    • Mary Louise Jones, 83
    • Mykala Waldon, 8
    • Raymond Robinson Jr, 63
    • Ryan Pence, 22
    • Sheila Creech, 59
    • Taylor Thornton, 10
    • Tresia Robinson, 62
    • Vicki Braswell, 69

    RECOVERY AND CLEANUP EFFORTS CONTINUE IN ALABAMA

    Search and recovery efforts resumed Tuesday, two days after the powerful tornadoes ripped through Alabama, Georgia and Florida.

    Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says crews are now looking at a smaller area and specific piles of wreckage. The sheriff said Tuesday that the list of unaccounted people is down to seven or eight.


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    President Donald Trump will tour the areas devastated by the tornadoes on Friday, according to the Associated Press. 

    Channel 2's Tyisha Fernandes traveled to Smiths Station, Alabama, where entire neighborhoods were destroyed. 

    "I'm 63 years old, I have never seen nothing like this right here," said Steve Morgan, who grew up in the town.

    "When we got around the corner, we didn’t know what we were looking at, ya know – I almost passed out because I had no idea it was gonna be looking like this," he said.

    His mother owns a brick home, his sister lives across the street and his brother wanted to ride out the storm in his mobile home. When relatives heard the tornado siren, they forced Morgan's brother out just in time before the tornado tore his house to pieces.

    "He didn’t even make it to the carport before it was tumbling," Morgan said. 

    Fernandes toured Morgan's neighborhood with Mayor Pro Tem Morris Jackson, who said it will take time to repair and rebuild Smiths Station. But thankfully, no one was killed in the town.

    "Homes can be rebuilt, trees can be replanted. But it's hard to replace, it's impossible to replace a life," Jackson said. 

    Volunteers from all over Alabama brought their chainsaws and got to work. Many of them are college students from different churches. 

    "Their food is gone, many of their clothes are gone. If we don’t get these blue tarps – when the rain comes in – they’ll lose everything inside," said volunteer John Fox. 

    The volunteers told Fernandes once they get all the debris picked up, they'll start helping people rebuild their homes. 

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