2 dead after severe storms strike Virginia

Woman killed when tree falls on home

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Two people are dead after severe storms struck Virginia on Sunday night and early Monday morning.

A 78-year-old woman died after a tree fell onto her home in Stafford.

The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and emergency crews responded to the scene at 1:43 a.m. to find the woman, who has not been identified, pinned underneath a tree.

She was pronounced dead at 2:02 a.m.

An 82-year-old man was injured in the incident and is expected to be OK.

In Victoria, which is about 70 miles southeast of Virginia, a woman in her 60s was killed after a tree toppled onto her home.

Police said Lena Gaulding was in her bed when the tree fell.

There were numerous power outages in the area and first responders were in the community when they noticed a tree on Gaulding’s home around 1 a.m.

Police proceeded to do a welfare check on the home and found Gaulding pinned under the tree. She was pronounced dead on the scene.

“I just couldn’t believe. I’ve been here so many times, and I didn’t think that tree was that big," said her friend and former co-worker Annie Mitchell.

Her family and friends said the situation doesn’t feel real and they are devastated. Gaulding was well-known in the community. They say she was loved, gave a lot of love and adored her young grandson.

“My prayers go out to them. I’m sorry for their loss," said Mitchell. “She was a sweet person.”

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