A possible tornado blew through a campground Thursday morning on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, killing at least two people and injuring 25 others, police said. Emergency crews were taking the injured to local hospitals from the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton County. Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital said it was treating 25 patients, including three in critical condition, a spokesman said.
A tornado warning was in effect for the area after officials reported a waterspout over Chesapeake Bay just before 9 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. An NWS storm survey team was en route to the site to determine the extent of the damage and whether a tornado had actually touched down. A spokeswoman for the Eastville Volunteer Fire Company said the storm overturned three cars and a tractor trailer. “All hell broke loose,” said Joe Colony, who has been coming to Cherrystone campground for 30 years. “We got an emergency message on a cellphone and within 30 seconds, the thing hit and it blew down 40, 50 trees in the park.”
Jay Diem / AP
A tractor trailer truck lies on its side in the median of U.S. Route 13 in Cheriton, Virginia, while a fire engine responds to a nearby campground after a severe storm passed through the area, Thursday, July 24, 2014.
— Erik Ortiz with The Associated Press
First published July 24 2014, 8:19 AM