Possible Tornado Strikes Virginia Campground, at Least 2 Dead
The weather took a deadly turn in Virginia this morning with a tornado striking a campground on state’s Eastern Shore.
According to a press release from the Virginia State police, storm-related emergency calls from the Cherrystone Campground — in Northampton County — began coming in around 9 a.m. First responders on the scene report numerous downed trees, downed power lines and overturned campers.
State police are also reporting at least 25 injuries and two deaths as a result of the storms. Northampton Public Information Office Charles McSwain told WeatherNation’s Mary Mathews that three people were killed as the storm rolled through. This is a fluid situation and we’ll be gathering more information as the day progresses.
Archive radar data shoes a very storm storm — with rotation and extremely heavy precipitation — moving across the campground location.
The National Weather Service office in Wakefield, Va. tweeted they have a storm survey team en route to the Cherrystone Campground to determine if it was indeed a tornado that touched down.
Below are some of the images, from social media, captured by storm victims and nearby residents.
Meteorologist Alan Raymond
My family and I were just in an awful tornado. We are all fine but could really use prayers! pic.twitter.com/0scfyuyAF4
— Maria Annunziata (@MDAnnunziata10) July 24, 2014
— Dαni (@bl0windasies) July 24, 2014
well this is what a tornado looks like, complete disaster, so scary pic.twitter.com/We1R0WIzEE
— chelsea (@chelseawyliee) July 24, 2014