The line of thunderstorms that passed through Southside late on Sunday night and into early Monday morning claimed the life of a Victoria woman. According to published reports, Lena Gaulding, 65, of Victoria died after a tree crashed into her home early on Monday morning. Police said Lena Gaulding was in her bed when the tree fell.
Reports indicate that emergency crews were out in the area due to power outages and noticed the tree down on the home. Police responded to perform a welfare check at the home and found Gaulding pinned under the tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
The storms also resulted in a similar fatality in Stafford County, where a woman reportedly died after a tree came down on her home shortly before 2 a.m. on Monday. Reports indicate that deputies responded to the home and found a 78-year-old woman pinned beneath a tree. She was pronounced dead on the scene. An 82-year-old man was transported to an area hospital and is expected to recover.
The names of the victims were not available at press time.
The entire region was expecting severe storms as several weather systems moved through the area over the weekend. The storms brought severe thunderstorms, torrential rains and high winds to locations in Virginia and North Carolina.