2019 Lee County tornado outbreak

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The 2019 Lee County tornado outbreak was a series of damaging tornadoes that wrought significant damage in southeast Alabama and caused at least 23 deaths in Lee County on March 3, 2019.

At least six tornadoes reached the ground in Washington, Macon, Barbour and Lee Counties. The strongest, rated provisionally as an EF-4 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, struck the communities of Beauregard and Dupree, south of Opelika. Another swept across part of Barbour County, north of Eufaula, damaging structures at the Eufaula Municipal Airport.

The East Alabama Medical Center admitted more than 50 patients with storm-related injuries.

Numerous relief agencies responded to the area. President Donald Trump used his Twitter account to announce that, "FEMA has been told directly by me to give the A Plus treatment to the Great State of Alabama and the wonderful people who have been so devastated by the Tornadoes."

References

  • Gore, Leada (March 4, 2019) "Alabama tornadoes kill at least 23: Storm among deadliest in state history; what we know today." The Birmingham News
  • Gore, Leada (March 5, 2019) "Alabama tornado 2019: 23 killed, including 3 children, more missing; What we know today." The Birmingham News