Deadly storms leave destruction in Lawrence, Franklin, Rutherford, Grundy counties

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A woman was killed and two others were injured after a tornado hit Christiana, as severe storms rolled across several counties in Middle Tennessee early Tuesday morning.  

The National Weather Service confirms an EF-2 tornado with winds up to 135 mph collapsed a home on Midland Road. 

41-year-old Angie Walker, wife of WGNS Radio President Scott Walker. died during the storm as their home was demolished. 

Two other people were injured with a mobile home rolled onto its side on Rock Springs Midland Road. There’s no word on extent of the injuries. 

PHOTOS: Storm damage across Middle Tennessee 

A two-story home on Barley Road was hit by lightning around 12:45 a.m., according to the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office, and a man and three children were able to escape to safety. Officials said the fire at the home was contained to the attic. 

At least 1,500 homes lost power in the area. 

The National Weather Service reports an EF-2 tornado also hit Estill Springs in Franklin County. 130 mph winds brought down a barn on some horses. Two horses did not survive, according to owner Bobby Finney, who told News 2 he had to cut them out with chainsaws. 

In Lawrence County, strong winds damaged at the Gary Lamm sports complex near Loretto High School. Winds took down metal poles, a cinder block wall and the press box was torn from its base and tossed by the wind. 

Loretto police told News 2 no injuries were reported in Loretto and most of the damage was reported near Second Avenue South. 

At this time it is unclear if the damage in Loretto was from a tornado or straight line winds.

And in Grundy County, several homes were damaged or destroyed in the Pelham Valley Community.  Out-buildings and carports were blown down and trees fell on cars. Luckily, no one was hurt. 

Grundy County Tn Schools will be closed tomorrow, November 7, 2018, due to unsafe road conditions.

Investigators with the National Weather Service is surveying the damaged areas Tuesday. 

There have been 15 tornados in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky so far this year. There were 26 last year. Click here to view our Tornado Map.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and refresh this page for updates. 

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