Alabama tornado kills at least 14 including children as severe weather destroys homes

Alabama tornado kills at least 14 including children as severe weather destroys homes

At least fourteen people including children have died after a swept through the southern US state of on Sunday.

Emergency workers were at the scene pulling bodies and the injured out of the rubble of hundreds of homes damaged by the severe .

Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said the death toll could rise.

"The challenge is the sheer volume of the debris where all the homes were located," Sheriff Jay Jones told CNN. "It's the most I've seen that I can recall."

Tornado warnings were in force across and Alabama on Sunday evening.

Kay Ivey, Alabama's governor, warned residents on Twitter that more severe weather might be on the way.

She said the state was working to help families who had been impacted.

"Our hearts go out to those who lost their lives in the storms that hit Lee County today," Ms Ivey wrote.

"Praying for their families & everyone whose homes or businesses were affected."

The storm left more than 10,000 customers without power, the Birmingham News said, citing the utility Alabama Power.

Brian Hastings, director of the Alabama Management Agency, said: "We have historic flooding to the north and historic flooding on the Tombigbee [River], and now this storm system that just went through, and now we're getting reports of significant damage."

Additional reporting by agencies