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Two Dozen Tornadoes Hit South in Deadly Severe Weather Outbreak
A total of 24 confirmed tornadoes across six states were spawned by a severe weather outbreak in the South overnight Monday into Tuesday morning, leaving a trail of damage and killing at least one person.
Angie Walker, 41, was killed and two others were injured in Christiana, Tennessee, about 35 miles southeast of Nashville, where a tornado destroyed several homes, authorities said. She was an adjunct professor of psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, and her husband, Scott, is the president at WGNS Radio, according to WSMV.com.
"The family would like to thank the community for their love and support during this tragic time," WGNS Radio said in a statement.
The National Weather Service gave the tornado a preliminary EF2 rating, with an estimated wind speed of 135 mph.
(National Weather Service)
To the southeast in Franklin County, Tennessee, two homes were damaged early Tuesday morning near Estill Springs, about 50 miles west-northwest of Chattanooga. A fire truck was blown off the road attempting to respond to the damage.
Numerous trees were reported down on the west side of Knoxville early Tuesday. A wind gust to 55 mph was measured at Knoxville's McGhee Tyson Airport just before 5 a.m. ET as the squall line swept through. Widespread tree damage was also reported south of Knoxville.
Two horses will have to be euthanized after a barn collapsed in Estill Springs. Three other horses trapped in the barn were unharmed.
The National Weather Service in Huntsville gave the tornado that touched down in Franklin County a preliminary EF2 rating.
In Tupelo, Mississippi, downed power lines and trees blocked roads late Monday. A semi was blown over on Interstate 22 by a tornado rated at least EF1.
Also Monday night in Louisiana, at least one tornado was spotted in Natchitoches Parish, where damage was reported near Natchez and Natchitoches.
The Storm Prediction Center said at least two homes were damaged in the parish due to a tornado. No injuries were reported.
Damage was reported in Marthaville, where social media reports showed severe damage to a home.
(Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)
Five EF1 tornadoes were confirmed in Louisiana by the NWS, and three EF1 twisters were confirmed in Alabama. In all, two dozen tornadoes were spawned in the South Monday night into Tuesday morning.
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