Multiple Fatalities in VA tornado

July 24th, 2014 at 11:42 am by under Bill's Blog, News, Weather

cherryhill  At least 2 fatalities and 36 injuries in a morning tornado in eastern Virginia.  Campers were overturned at the Cherrystone Campground and huge trees were toppled (some on the campers).  The storm hit around 8:40 am.   At least one semi was tipped over on a nearby road.  The driver was injured.  Large hail was also reported with the storm.  Picture from WAVY-TV.  More pictures here.   VIDEO of Softball sized hail and the tornado here.    Virginia Beach EMS says the City of Virginia Beach has responded to the Eastern Shore with six ambulances, a mass casualty truck.   The National Weather Service tweeted that it has a storm survey team headed to the Cherrystone Campground area to survey the damage.  1,328 people were listed as residents or visitors at Cherrystone Campground, according to a news release from Northampton County. 150 to 175 people lost their shelter, and were being transported from the campground to a local emergency shelter.  WAVY News reported from Lankford Highway in Northampton County that there was a stream of ambulances coming in and out of the campground area. The road is currently open *just* for emergency personnel.  Hail was still on the ground two hours after the storm and a couple billboard signs bent back from the wind.   The Coast Guard confirmed there are overturned boats in Oyster Bay.     Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital said the hospital has received 26 patients following the storm: 3 critical, 8 trauma, 8 pediatric.  More pictures here.   200 to 300 people have been taken to Northampton High School, where a temporary shelter has been set up.   The courthouse in Eastville closed down for the day so that workers could go to the scene to help.   The Northampton County Board of Supervisors issued a declaration of a local emergency following a reported tornado.  According to the declaration, the county is facing a condition of extreme peril, necessitating the proclamation.   Helicopter video.

Update:  The tornado has been rated EF1 and started as a waterspout on Chesapeake Bay.   From the National Weather Service Survey Team:   0833 AM TORNADO CHERRYSTONE 37.31N 76.00W 07/24/2014 NORTHAMPTON VA NWS STORM SURVEY *** 2 FATAL, 36 INJ *** EF-1 TORNADO MOVED OFF THE CHESAPEAKE BAY…THEN CROSSED NORTHERN PORTIONS OF CHERRYSTONE CAMPGROUND…THEN MOVED EASTWARD ACROSS RT. 13.

16 Responses to “Multiple Fatalities in VA tornado”

  1. Probably should have checked the forecast before going camping.

    1. Mike(Shepherd, Mi) says:

      Congrats you are officially ignorant.

      1. Yes it was an insane suggestion I realize.

  2. Sending prayers to family members who may have lost someone. Tornadoes hitting campgrounds are never a good outcome. My parents told me a story about a tornado while we were camping at Pokagon State Park in northern Indiana. They said the winds were very powerful and they could hear trees snapping outside our camper. Some campers ha trees land on them and our camper awning got ripped off and thrown up the road. Plus several cars were submerged in water due to the heavy rain an we could not leave the park

  3. Jeff (Richland) says:

    This is my one and only fear about camping, campers are not built like real homes and I’m sure are an even worse place to be than a mobile home in a tornado. Anytime we are camping and there is a storm potential, I am always all eyes on it. We got caught in a real bad storm a couple years ago in Ohio that intensified just before it hit us and almost took my awning, luckily my brother in law and I were able to grab onto each end and save it. We are camping this weekend and based on the forecast, I will be all over monitoring the weather.

    1. fixxxer says:

      Manufactured homes are built better than years ago. Really no structure is safe in a tornado. Kentwood should prove that.

  4. Rad (Jenison/Hudsonville) says:

    Kinda looks like my campsite after me and my buddies got done Partying after a long Holiday weekend. O the good old days. :}

    1. Jean says:

      Stupid comment. Don’t you learn from Jason Biggs not to joke about other people’s’ tragedies??? There were serious injuries AND loss of life here, people are suffering loss, and you’re talking about trashing a campsite being part of your “good ole days” fond memories? Geez

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