"He kept a smile on his face all the time ... and he loved everybody", his grandfather, Bobby Kidd, said about A.J.
"It's very bad", the governor told reporters Wednesday as she took a walking tour past shattered mobile homes as residents hunted amid piles of debris for belongings they could salvage.
President Trump said he will visit Alabama on Friday to see the area devastated by a tornado that killed 23 people. Also dead, they said, were seven cousins by both blood and marriage: Eric Jamal Stenson, 38; Florel Tate Stenson; 63; Henry Lewis Stenson; 65; James Henry Tate, 86; Tresia Robinson, 62; Raymond Robinson Jr., 63; and Maggie Delight Robinson, 57.
The destruction of Beauregard, in Lee county, now little more than a tableau of smashed mobile homes, toys, clothes, insulation, water heaters, metal and severed pine trees, showed the strength of a storm that now ranks as the deadliest in six years and which one official compared to "a giant knife scraping the ground".
Sheriff Jay Jones in Lee County, where the tornado hit ground in the town of Beauregard, said that the number of those unaccounted for had been reduced to a handful.
Funerals were scheduled to begin Thursday.
Bill Bunting, chief of forecast operations at the center, says the areas most at risk Saturday include Arkansas, most of MS, and central and northern Alabama. Northern Louisiana, southern Missouri and western and central parts of Kentucky and Tennessee are also under the threat of severe storms.
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Bunting says this weekend's storms will be fast-moving, racing to the northeast at 50 to 60 miles per hour (80 to 97 kph).
Alabama supported Trump by a wide margin in the 2016 presidential election, and he carried about 60 percent of the vote in Lee County, where Beauregard is located. The two were engaged to be married.
The tornadoes, stirred up by a late-winter "supercell" thunderstorm, toppled mobile homes and uprooted massive trees on Sunday with 274 km per hour winds.
The Rev. Billy McClendon, who will officiate at Pence's memorial service, says he worked with Pence at the Eufaula Parks and Recreation Department.
Government teams that surveyed Sunday's damage confirmed there was an outbreak of at least 20 twisters in Florida, Alabama, Florida and SC.
The most powerful was an E4 tornado blamed for killing 23 people Sunday in rural Lee County, Alabama.
"The destruction and tragic loss of life caused by Sunday's tornadoes in Lee County and the surrounding areas is devastating", Shelby said. It crossed the Chattahoochee River into western Georgia and inflicted more damage along a path stretching roughly 70 miles (112 kilometers).
While passing through much of the damage on the way to meet the families at the shelter, according to a pool report, the motorcade passed neighborhoods that had been destroyed in the March 3 tornado.