At least 23 people were killed by the tornadoes that devastated Alabama this weekend. Among the victims were an 8-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy who went missing when the natural disasters began.
As RadarOnline.com has learned, at least two tornadoes touched down in Lee County this Sunday, March 3, bringing wind speeds between 136mph and 165mph.
WSFA 12 reported the path of destruction was about a half mile wide. Apart from causing deaths and severe injuries, the tornadoes demolished mobile homes, businesses and houses.
Armando Hernandez, nicknamed "AJ" was the 6-year-old boy who disappeared when the first tornado struck Beauregard.
His worried mother, Kayla Melton, took to Facebook to ask for help as they continued to search for him.
"Please look for my baby hes 6 years old sic his name is Armando Hernandez he goes by AJ last seen on lee road 38. Anyone in the area please help me find him please!!!!!" she wrote.
Hours later, the boy's relative Tina Melton confirmed his death, writing on Facebook: "Little AJ didn't make it. He was found but he didn't survive... He was always eager to give hugs and loved his family."
"They are headed to the children's hospital with his brother. They also lost their home in the tornado with all belongings. Fly high AJ. You have your wings!" she continued.
On Sunday afternoon, drones equipped with heat-scanning devices scanned the area for survivors but were unable to complete the search due to the dangerous weather conditions. They will continue this Monday, March 4.
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