ALABAMA (CBSNEWS.COM) – This morning rescuers are tearing through the rubble of mobile homes and houses in search of survivors of a powerful tornado that rampaged through southeast Alabama and killed at least 23 people. The youngest victim was 6 years old.

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The trail of destruction from the Sunday afternoon twister was at least half a mile wide and overwhelmed rural Lee County’s coroner’s office, forcing it to call in help from the state.

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Drones flying overheard equipped with heat-seeking devices had scanned the area for survivors, but the dangerous conditions halted the search late Sunday.

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