Southern states struggle to recover from destructive tornadoes; more than 30 dead

Severe tornadoes that tore across the South over the weekend into Monday have killed more than 30 people and destroyed homes and businesses, further demoralizing a population reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Alabama, people huddled in community shelters to seek shelter while wearing masks to cover their faces against COVID-19.

A twister demolished a Mississippi home save for a concrete room where a married couple and their children survived unharmed, but 11 others died in the state.

About 85 miles from Atlanta in the mountains of north Georgia, a couple remained in bed as a suspected twister splintered the rest of the home. Both survived without injuries.