Governor Haslam Tours Tornado Damage In Lincoln County
FAYETTEVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam traveled to Lincoln County to survey the damage left by an EF-3 tornado that killed two people. The storm also destroyed 25 homes and an elementary school.
Monday night's tornado started near the Alabama line and cut a path to the northeastern corner of the county.
Haslam was scheduled to view the damage both from a helicopter and on the ground Wednesday morning.
Officials released the identities of the two people killed as John and Karen Prince. They were killed when their mobile home was thrown several hundred yards from its foundation.
Lincoln County schools were closed for the second day as officials worked to figure out what to do with students at South Lincoln Elementary. The school was heavily damaged during the storm and determined to be a total loss.
The National Weather Service has yet to make a final call on the on the strength of the tornado, but set a preliminary rating of EF-3 with winds between 136 mph and 165 mph.(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)