News/Op-Ed: Tornado In Alabama The Deadliest In Recent US History
by Enrique Gutierrez
Recently, Lee County, Alabama suffered one of the deadliest tornadoes the United States has seen since 2013.
On March 3rd, Lee County, Alabama was hit with their first major tornado of the year. The people of Lee County had no idea that they were going to be affected by a tornado. The community had a five-minute warning and were caught by surprise when two tornadoes destroyed their homes. The tornadoes lasted at least an hour, destroying homes and ruining the lives of many.
According to NBC News, the tornadoes killed at least 23 people and dozens of people were injured. The town’s nearby hospital, East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika, was said to be treating about 40 patients and sending many others affected by the tornadoes to nearby hospitals. The Lee County storm had winds of 170 miles per hour, stretching 20 miles long. With that speed, nothing and no one will make it past a tornado.
This has been the deadliest US tornado since 2013, and the deadliest tornado in Alabama since 2011.
Many Americans around the country have already started collected funds to donate towards the victims who were affected by the tornadoes. One organization in particular called, “The Poarch Band of Creek Indians of Poarch, Alabama” donated a total of $184,000 to the families who are in need of shelter, food, and money to cover the funerals of those lost in the tragedy.
President Donald Trump shared his remarks and delivered a message to those who were affected by the tornadoes in Alabama.
President Trump described the tragedy as a historic devastation. President Trump spoke to the governor of Alabama and he directed FEMA to provide assistance to those of Lee County and those affected by the tornadoes.
The people of Alabama were left with great tragedy and despair. Many families lost their loved ones and their homes to the tornadoes of Lee County. America mourns the lives lost in Alabama due to unfortunate natural disasters.