Robert Bentley tours deadly tornado damage in north Alabama

[Photo courtesy of Gov. Robert Bentley]

Storm crews began surveying damage from tornadoes that ripped through the state early Tuesday, killing three people and destroying homes, churches and businesses.

Gov. Robert Bentley toured damage in north Alabama on Thursday morning. Bentley said he was thankful the death toll wasn’t higher as he toured obliterated homes and a daycare center.

The National Weather Service said at least four tornados hit the state early Wednesday morning.

Three people were killed and one person critically injured in an Alabama mobile home after an apparent EF-3 twister hit the tiny town of Rosalie in Jackson County.

Jackson County Emergency Management Director Mike Ashburn said 20 homes, businesses and churches were destroyed in that county and another 46 were damaged.

Republished with permission of The Associated Press.