Lee County authorities on Tuesday released the names of the 23 victims of Sunday’s monstrous tornado, including seven in one family, while meteorologists warned that another blast of severe weather could roar through the region in coming days.
Sheriff Jay Jones said the number of people unaccounted for was down to seven or eight, and that he hoped the number would decrease as more of the missing contact friends and family.
“We hope to transition from search and rescue to recovery status later today or certainly tomorrow,” Jones said at a news conference Tuesday.
Drones continued to sweep the area while teams picked through the rubble of dozens of homes as temperatures dipped in the 20s. The National Weather Service warned the chill could last into Thursday.