As polls opened across the country Tuesday, residents of several states were contending with severe weather conditions that left one woman dead and thousands without power.
A line of storms moved through the Deep South overnight and early Tuesday morning, knocking down trees and power lines from Louisiana to South Carolina and leaving an estimated 11,000 without power.
Officials say Angie Walker, 41, died when a tornado ripped through her Christiana, Tennessee, home and at least two others were injured when the strong winds forced a mobile home to roll over.
The bad weather could affect voter turnout for the highly-anticipated midterm elections, but many residents are persisting by waiting in line with umbrellas outside polling stations.
Rutherford County EMS spokesman Patrick Miller told news outlets that crews responded early Tuesday to a report of a collapsed home in Christiana.
He said one death was confirmed there and two others were injured when a nearby mobile home rolled over.
The Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office identified her as 41-year-old Angie Walker, wife of Radio President, Scott Walker.
He said high winds had knocked down trees and power lines around the Middle Tennessee community of Christiana.
Rutherford County Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Lisa Sloan said crews also responded to a house fire that appears to have started from a lightning strike.
She said there was heavy damage, but no injuries at this time.
Officials say crews are working to restore power in Middle and East Tennessee.