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.