Topic: Alabama Emergency Management Agency
As day broke, rescue crews used chainsaws to clear fallen trees off roads in Clay, northeast of Birmingham. Searchers went door-to-door calling out to residents, many of whom were trapped by trees that crisscrossed their driveways.
The recovery from devastating tornadoes across the South accelerated over the weekend as federal and state agencies moved quickly to help the thousands of people left homeless.
Combined with earlier reported fatalities in Arkansas and Oklahoma, the confirmed death toll had risen to 16 by early Saturday — the nation's deadliest storm of the season.