One woman was killed and two others were injured after a possible tornado tore through Rutherford County late Monday.
Officials told FOX17 the woman died when a home collapsed in Christiana, located about 40 miles southeast of Nashville. Two other women were transported to a hospital after another home collapse was reported.
At an early-morning news conference, officials said that they do not believe that polling locations are damaged in Tennessee or will be impacted by the storms, FOX17 reported. The state is in the midst of a slugfest between Senate hopefuls Marsha Blackburn, a Republican, and Phil Bredesen, a Democrat.
The system that spawned the violent storms is now pushing out of the Tennessee River Valley and across Alabama and Georgia, according to Fox News Senior Meteorologist Janice Dean. The cold front is also bringing rain stretching into the Northeast.
“Thankfully the severe weather threat will weaken through the day, but a few strong storms are possible from the Southeast to the Mid-Atlantic as a cold front approaches,” Dean said Tuesday. “This front will clear much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic by the early evening, but the East Coast will be unsettled for much of Tuesday.”
How could weather impact voters?
“Weather was found to be statistically significant in influencing turnout rates by an average of nearly 20 percent,” AccuWeather Data Scientist and Meteorologist Tim Loftus told Fox News.
In Tennessee, for example, cool and damp weather has been found to deter voters from heading to the polls.
In Georgia, storms could impact likely voters, especially “weather-sensitive” groups that include African Americans, 18–24-year-olds, and those 65 and older. Similar rainy conditions are expected in Michigan, which could depress the numbers of the same subgroups.
In New Jersey, which has a tight Senate race between Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez and Republican challenger Bob Hugin, heavy rain may make things “quite interesting,” according to Loftus. Republicans tend to fare better in the Garden State, compared to Democrats, when heavy rain occurs, as opposed to when the weather is nice.