2019 tornadoes in Montgomery, Alabama


A picture of the devastation caused by a tornado in Alabama. (Wikimedia)

Jacob Saltzman

On Mar. 6, 2019, a tornado struck in Montgomery, Alabama, killing 23 people. To honor the fallen victims, a Native American tribe donated $184,000 to cover the funeral costs. This specific tribe, Poarch Band of Creek, has also contributed to other natural disasters in the past. There were two tornados that hit at the same time and tore through Beauregard. A non-profit organization known as “God’s Pit” has volunteered to help clean up debris. The founder, Randy Johnson, stated that he has “15-20 workers volunteering.” President Donald Trump and the First Lady Melania Trump went down to Alabama to pay their respects to the fallen victims. They stood in front of the memorial for a moment of silence  in order to honor the 23 people who died.

Among those who died, the ages ranged from 6 to 83 years old. All of the deaths happened within a two-mile radius. A local resident, Jerone Washington, was inside his house with his parents and a family friend when the tornado hit. The power went out and the house was lifted into the air. Jerone prayed the entire time. Luckily, no one inside the house was hurt. However, his house was badly damaged. The tornado had ripped through the roof of the house. David Pitts, a man who did not live too far down from Jerone, came and helped Jerone’s father out of the house. David said he had gotten an alert on his phone about the tornado but he believed he was not near it.  

So far, the people in Montgomery, Alabama have been working hard to rebuild. They have gotten a lot of assistance from the Native American tribe, as well as the God’s Pit organization. Alabama senator, Doug Jones stated, that “recovery efforts are going great.” After being down where the damage was done, he said “It was amazing what the first responders had done.”