Operation Blessing deploys team for Alabama tornado relief

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Sen. Doug Jones carries a plastic rose he picked up among the debris during a tour of tornado damage in Beauregard, Ala., on Thursday March 7, 2019. A fatal tornado struck Beauregard on Sunday afternoon. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY/AP) — Virginia Beach-based Operation Blessing has sent a team to Lee County, Alabama to help with relief efforts following a recent deadly tornado outbreak.

The outbreak of severe weather across the Southeast last Sunday left 23 dead. It was the deadliest to hit the U.S. since May 2013, when an EF5 twister killed 24 people in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore.

Operation Blessing said in a news release team leaders from Virginia Beach arrived in Alabama on Tuesday to assess the damage and with local emergency officials.

A convoy that included a construction trailer loaded with tools and supplies as well a a box truck with relief supplies left from Virginia Beach on Thursday, the organization said.

Operation Blessing said it began coordinating volunteer efforts on Friday.

WAVY’s Stephanie Harris will have more coverage tonight on the group’s efforts.

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