March 4, 2019 | 1:15 p.m.
Columbus, MSConvoy of Hope’s Disaster Services Team deployed Sunday night from Springfield, Missouri, and made their way to Lee County, Alabama after a devastating outbreak of tornadoes swept through Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. At least 23 people were killed in Lee County, Alabama. There are fears this number could rise as search and rescue efforts continue throughout the area. The National Weather Service has estimated the first tornado to impact Lee County was an EF-3 rated storm and at least a half-mile wide.
Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services Team is headed to Lee County where they will meet with local officials and partners to further develop Convoy’s response strategy, says Jeff Nene, Convoy of Hope’s national spokesperson. “We have sent a tractor-trailer load of supplies to help the community with immediate needs and we have additional personnel and equipment on standby ready to depart.”
Sunday was the deadliest day for tornadoes in the United States since May 20, 2013 when a devastating EF-5 tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people.