Early today, a Category 4 tornado destroyed the tiny town of Beauregard in Lee County, Alabama. A Category 4 tornado has winds of at least 170 miles per hour. This is a remarkable death toll for such a sparsely populated community.
The death toll in rural Lee County likely will rise as rescue crews sift through the debris Monday morning. So far, all of those killed lived in roughly a one-square-mile area of the town of Beauregard, a community of roughly 9,000, Jones said.