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Was a tornado responsible for 10 injuries in Virginia Beach?

10 Jul 2014, 9:17 pm

A major storm – including a possible tornado touchdown – blasted its way through Virginia Beach’s famed boardwalk early this afternoon, injuring at least 10 people, including two critical injuries.

Power lines were snapped, several businesses were damaged and a five-block area of the boardwalk was blocked off by Virginia Beach police in the aftermath of a ferocious storm that made its way through the area on Thursday.

The National Weather Service will send a team out to investigate the cause of the damage, but a funnel cloud was spotted in the city around the time of the damaging winds, and rotation was also evident on radar. No tornado warning was issued as it was an extremely quick spin-up, but regardless, the timing and the location of the possible tornado couldn’t have been worse. With kids out of school and a rainy day plaguing the beaches, the boardwalk offered a rain-free refuge for the hordes of tourists, making it likely far more crowded than usual.

Also, significant flooding affected localized portions of southeastern Virginia, with almost three-and-a-half inches of rain reported at the Norfolk naval base (the airport had less than two inches, showing the localized nature of the flooding).

Fortunately, the two injuries were described as “non-life threatening”, and if a tornado did indeed touch down here on Thursday, that will certainly be a strong silver lining to all of this. We’ll keep you posted with the very latest on WeatherNation.

Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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