Multiple Fatalities in VA tornadoJuly 24th, 2014 at 11:42 am by Bill Steffen under Bill's Blog, News, Weather
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.