Lee County authorities on Tuesday will release the names of the 23 people killed when a tornado tore through the rural area Sunday shredding homes, trees and power lines.
County coroner Bill Harris on Monday night said he expected the death toll to be higher, based on the devastation. The twister packing 170-mph winds cut a mile-long swath through the area.
“I can’t believe it,” Harris said Monday. “I thought we’d see more.”
The victims ranged in age from a nine-year-old boy who died at a hospital from his injuries, to a woman in her 90s who died near her home. The storm also killed an entire family of three and a family of four. Most of the victims suffered extensive blunt-force trauma, Harris said, and many were sucked out of their homes.
Sunday’s tornado was the deadliest twister since 2013, when 25 people were killed in Oklahoma.
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