lee county tornado

Lessons Learned from Lee County Tornado

Emergency officials from across the state have been in Prattville for three days for the 2019 Alabama Disaster Preparedness Conference. Today, one of the topics discussed was what can be learned from the EF-4 tornado that hit Lee County in March. Meteorologists determined that the tornado brought 170 mph winds and left a track almost a mile wide. The storm…

More Than 800 Seek FEMA Aid After Deadly Alabama Tornado

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The government says hundreds of people have sought federal aid since a tornado killed nearly two dozen people in east Alabama this spring. A statement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency says 817 homeowners and renters have applied for disaster assistance since the March 3 twister. More than $1.2 million has gone to Lee County residents…

Beauregard VFD Presented with First Responder Hero Award

Heroes are not always dressed in capes. Sometimes, they’re dressed in fire suits and air tanks. Bearuegard Volunteer firemen and other first responders were honored with a luncheon at Providence Baptist Church in Lee County on Sunday. “They’re volunteers,” pastor Rusty Sowell says. “I mean they don’t get paid a dime. But they have a heart for people and they…

First Sunday Services Held Since Lee County Tornado

Seven days after the tornadoes caused destruction in Lee County, people entered church doors to give thanks for their blessings. “There has been an outpouring of love, and community feeling that’s really lifted everybody up,” Providence Baptist Church member Chuck Adams says. Providence has been a main resource center in Beauregard. Thousands of people have donated supplies, cooked food, and…

Tornado Survivors Thankful for President Trump’s Visit

While President Trump’s visit to Lee County won’t end the suffering and uncertainty for survivors of Sunday’s EF-4 tornado, people tell us they greatly appreciate having the President take time to see the damage and comfort them. President Trump spent part of today in Lee County. As he passed through the area, with tears in her eyes, Cindy Sanford told…

Ivey Delivers State of State; Signals Likely Special Session on Gas Tax

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is signaling her intent to call a special session on a proposed gas tax to fund road and bridge construction. In her State of the State address Tuesday night, Ivey said “crumbling” infrastructure is a threat to the state’s public safety and economy. The Republican governor told lawmakers she is willing to call them into special…

President Trump Issues Disaster Declaration for Lee County

Gov. Kay Ivey’s office has announced that after she made a request for tornado aid, President Trump has approved  a major disaster declaration for Lee County. The President plans to visit Lee County to see the damage for himself on Friday. This will bring the release of federal money to help people and communities recover from severe storms, straightline winds and…

Selma Couple Hit Hard by Lee Co. Tornado

From the West Alabama Newsroom– A Selma couple is holding on tight to their faith after losing six family members in the Lee County tornado. Otis and Christine Jones are relying on prayer and their faith in God — to help get them through their family tragedy. The couple had six relatives killed — and their houses completely destroyed by…

Recovery Efforts Continue in Lee County

We are getting a closer look at some of the areas hit hardest by the tornado in Lee County Sunday.  While many areas are still closed to the public we were taken behind the barricades today to survey the damage. Multiple homes were destroyed on Lee County Road 40.  We found debris mangled in the trees.  Household appliances and air conditioning…

Family Survives Lee County Tornado in Bathtub

Julie Morrison is thankful to be alive after surviving a tornado that destroyed her on Lee County Road 63.  She was home with her husband when the storm hit. “He saw debris flying, he said here it comes, get to the tub, and so that’s where I went,” Morrison explained. Her home was destroyed, it’s contents littered across their land. …