Powerful winter storm leaves devastation in its wake

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(WCJB)-- A powerful winter storm raced across the country over the weekend. Before moving north, the system spawned deadly tornadoes in the south killing at least 23 people in Alabama according to the Lee County Sheriff.

A late winter blast dumped snow, sleet, and rain from New York to Boston, leaving millions bracing for a treacherous morning commute.

Down south cleanup already underway where the same storm turned deadly leaving a path of destruction.

More than a dozen tornadoes reported across parts of Alabama and Georgia. Knocking homes off their foundations, toppling trees, crushing cars and knocking out power to thousands.

All of Alabama is under a state of emergency. Residents, still in awe, are stepping in to help pick up the pieces.

With officials in Lee County warning, the death toll there is expected to rise as crews get back out in the daylight to resume their search and rescue operation.

Officials say they worked late into the night Sunday night trying to look for survivors, even flying drones with heat-sensing devices attached to them. Again, their work is continuing at daybreak with help arriving from across the region.