The Southeast took stock Monday of the wide swath of destruction wrought by the deadliest January day for tornadoes in 48 years.
With 16 deaths, Sunday became the USA’s worst January day for tornadoes since Jan. 22, 1969, when 32 people died, according to the Storm Prediction Center.
Such violently destructive storms are rare for January, and Sunday’s storm was particularly deadly, killing 15 people in Georgia and one in Florida. It was also the deadliest day overall since April 27, 2014. Four other people died Saturday in another tornado in Mississippi.
January 2017 is now the second-deadliest January for tornadoes in the U.S. since accurate records began in 1950. Only January 1969 had more.
Survey teams were out examining damage Monday to determine how many tornadoes hit Georgia, the length of their path and their strength. The tornadoes and violent storms left dozens injured and destroyed homes, businesses and communities.
President Trump pledged to aid Georgia's recovery.
"I just spoke with Gov. Nathan Deal,” Trump said during a White House ceremony. “Georgia is a great state, great people … The tornadoes were vicious and powerful and strong and they suffered greatly. So we'll be helping out the state of Georgia.”
Trump also expressed condolences for victims of storm damage in surrounding states.