Beauregard resident Carol Dean told how she had found her wedding dress and a Father's Day note to her husband among the wreckage, reading: "Daddy, I love you to pieces".
"My husband had grabbed me and we flew about 20 to 25 feet (6 to 8 meters) before we landed on the ground", she said.
Smith said it's "mind blowing" she survived.
The National Weather Service (NWS) made a classification of at least EF-3 - meaning winds of up to 165mph (266km/h).
"Our dear friends, Ashley and David Thornton lost their precious daughter, Taylor in that storm", the friend, Kaitlyn Willing, wrote on the GoFundMe page.
NEW: Here are the names of the 23 Tornado victims in Beauregard Alabama, just released by officials. Four of the victims were children, and the youngest was just 6. Waldrop said her 11-year-old sister Kayla was the only person inside who lived. No deaths were reported in Georgia.
Alabama search and rescue teams on Tuesday were combing through the wreckage of houses flatted by weekend tornadoes, looking for seven or eight people who remained unaccounted for in the wake of the deadliest U.S. tornado outbreak since 2013.
Dozens of emergency responders have joined the search and rescue efforts in Lee County and the coroner's office had to call in more help to handle the number of bodies found, according to the Associated Press.
Saturday night, the threat will likely continue after dark as the storms move east into Alabama, forecasters said.
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It was one of at least 38 tornadoes confirmed to have touched down across the Southeast in a deadly weekend outbreak.
Government teams that surveyed Sunday's damage confirmed there was an outbreak of at least 20 twisters in Florida, Alabama, Florida and SC.
Tornado warnings were also issued for Georgia, Florida and SC.
Meteorologist Chris Darden in Alabama travelled to the scene and confirmed at least F3 damage in extreme southern areas of Lee County, according to a special weather statement issued Sunday evening.
The twisters were part of a powerful storm system that slashed its way across the Deep South, spawning numerous tornado warnings in Georgia, South Carolina and Florida.
On Saturday, there is a threat for severe weather and tornadoes through MS and parts of the Southeast. The at-risk area is home to 41 million people and includes major cities such as Dallas, New Orleans and Atlanta.
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".
Pope Francis has expressed his condolences to victims of a catastrophe that struck the state of Alabama in the United States.
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he planned to visit the region on Friday.
The monstrous twister that smashed Beauregard with winds of 170 miles per hour (274 kph) was the deadliest US tornado in almost six years.