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    At Least 23 Killed, 40 Injured as Tornadoes Hit Alabama - Reports (VIDEO)

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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - At least 23 people were killed as powerful tornadoes swept through the southern US state of Alabama on Sunday, media reported, citing the sheriff.

    Earlier in the day, media reported that 14 people had been killed as a result of tornadoes in Alabama, adding that the death toll was likely to rise. At least 40 people were reportedly injured.

    "We’ve done everything we feel like we can do this evening. The area is just very, very hazardous to put anybody in to at this point in time — debris everywhere and it’s just… just some mass damage to structures and residences in the area," the sheriff was quoted as saying by the channel WBRC earlier in the day.

    The sheriff also said that people were still being reported missing, and a more organised search would be conducted in the morning. According to Lee County Coroner Bill Harris, quoted by the broadcaster, there are both children and older adults among the victims.

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