EF-3 tornado kills 2, injures 7 in Lincoln County - WKRN News 2

EF-3 tornado kills 2, injures 7 in Lincoln County

Posted: Updated: Apr 29, 2014 10:51 PM
John and Karen Prince were killed in the tornado. John and Karen Prince were killed in the tornado.
Gov. Bill Haslam spent time in Lincoln County Wednesday night. Gov. Bill Haslam spent time in Lincoln County Wednesday night.
A tornado swept through Lincoln County Monday night, killing 2 people and destroying homes. A tornado swept through Lincoln County Monday night, killing 2 people and destroying homes.
South Lincoln Elementary School located on Smith Mill Road in Fayetteville was also completely destroyed. South Lincoln Elementary School located on Smith Mill Road in Fayetteville was also completely destroyed.
The tornado near Highway 64 in Lincoln County The tornado near Highway 64 in Lincoln County
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - An EF-3 tornado swept through Lincoln County Monday night, killing two people, injuring seven others and trapping people inside their homes for hours.

The fatalities occurred in the southern part of the county, which was one of the hardest hit areas.

Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder identified the victims as John Prince, 60, and his wife, 44-year-old Karen Prince.  He said they were in a mobile home at the time.

“It was a very chaotic several hours,” Sheriff Murray Blackwelder said. “By the grace of God were able to get by with only two fatalities out of this mass destruction. We regret it for the families and our hearts go out to them.”

Blackwelder added seven others were also injured during the tornado.

News 2 spoke with a family Tuesday morning whose home and cars were destroyed on Old Lincoln Road. Luckily, the family of four was uninjured and able to find both of their dogs once the destructive tornado left the area.

The area of Price Lane and Howell Hill Road, located nine miles north of the state line, was demolished by the tornado. Every house on both streets was leveled.

“We’ll come back,” Mayor Peggy Bevels said. “And we will be better than ever, but right now we are a little bit down and we ask for everyone’s cooperation to help us get through this.”

The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Fayetteville Recreation Center for residents displaced by the tornado.

SLIDESHOW: Photos of tornado damage

South Lincoln Elementary School located on Smith Mill Road in Fayetteville was also completely destroyed.

Residents of Coffee County reported seeing both the tornado and its debris flying through the air.

The National Weather Service surveyed the damage Tuesday, though Sheriff Blackwelder said the tornado was approximately two miles wide.

Much of the county remains without power.

Governor Bill Haslam is expected to tour the damage Wednesday morning.

Athens, Alabama was also hit hard by a tornado Monday night.  Sheriff Mike Blakely stated two people were killed just west of Athens in the Coxey community at the Billy Bob Trailer Park.

The Associated Press reports at least seven people were also killed in Mississippi.

In Tennessee, a flash flood warning was placed in effect Monday evening for several counties including Cheatham, Franklin, Hickman, Lincoln, Moore and Perry.

View the complete list of watches and warnings at wkrn.com/weatheralerts.

SLIDESHOW: Storm damage, flooding across Middle Tennessee

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency issued a state of emergency ahead of Monday’s storms.

Several school districts, including Rutherford and Williamson counties, closed early Monday as a precaution. View the complete list at wkrn.com/schoolclosings.

Rutherford County schools also pushed back TCAP testing to Wednesday.

Check the latest forecast and weather conditions at wkrn.com/weather.

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Several flights to and from the Nashville International Airport were canceled or delayed. Check current flight conditions at FlyNashville.com.

The storm line moving across the state is the same system that spawned a half-mile wide tornado in the Little Rock suburb of Vilonia, Arkansas.  At least 15 people died in the storm Sunday night.
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