CHRISTIANA, Tenn. (WVLT/WTVF) - Severe storms sweeping across the South on Tuesday killed a person and injured at least two others, knocking down trees and leaving thousands without power, officials said. The weather disrupted Election Day voting in some places, forcing citizens to use paper ballots instead of electronic voting machines.
In Tennessee, crews responded to a collapsed home where one person was confirmed dead, Rutherford County EMS spokesman Patrick Miller told news outlets. He said two others were injured when a nearby mobile home rolled over.
Possible tornados touched down in Tennessee, Louisiana and Mississippi, felling tree limbs and power lines and prompting some schools to delay the start of classes. In northeast Alabama near the Tennessee line, the National Weather Service said an apparent tornado damaged barns and smaller buildings, but no injuries were reported.
The Storm Prediction Center from the National Weather Service indicated a report of a possible tornado in nearby Franklin, Tenn.
Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins said the polling places that had electricity knocked out are operating on generators and have emergency ballots ready for voters. He said the paper ballots would be counted Tuesday. He said the largest area of power outages was in Knox County, where nearly 20,000 customers remained without power Tuesday morning.
Multiple tornado watches and warnings have come and gone. Some are still in place as the storm moves east.
Tornado Watch (meaning tornado possible with the severe storms moving through) until 9 a.m. Tuesday. Stay informed to stay safe! pic.twitter.com/apnMsMYaHB— Heather Haley (@WVLTHeather) November 6, 2018