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Strong storms roll through the region, damage reported

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Posted at 2:41 PM, Jan 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-12 17:01:15-05

The National Weather Service has confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down Saturday afternoon in the Fox Hill area of Hampton.

Weather Service assessment teams are also investigating storm damage in Isle of Wight. Officials say depending on manpower they may investigate damage in James City County on Sunday as well.  

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Severe thunderstorms rolled through the region on Saturday afternoon. Much of the area was under Tornado Warnings/Watches and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings as the storm produced gusting winds and heavy rain.

According to Meteorologist Patrick Rockey, the storm produced straight-line winds up to 80 miles per hour at some points and likely at least one or two tornadoes.

Many have reported downed trees and power lines as a result of the winds.

Dominion Virginia Power reports approximately 12,000 customers across the area are without power, with the most outages in Virginia Beach, James City and Newport News.

Click here to see updated outage maps from Dominion.

Hampton fire officials reported the following damage Saturday evening:

  • A one-story structure collapsed along with damage to power lines and poles in the 100 block of Grundland Park Road. The building was not occupied at the time.
  • A home on Foxwood Lane sustained damage when a porch roof collapsed onto a deck.
  • Fire units responded to the first block of Windmill Point Road and observed a commercial maintenance structure with the roof removed due to the storm.
  • Tree damage: A home on Cavalier Road and a home on Todd’s Lane sustained severe damage to the roof and interior of the homes. The Red Cross assisted one of the families due to the damage to the home.

The City of Suffolk has reported flooding at Dutch Road and Holland Road, also Dutch Road and Cumberland Lane. The Suffolk Department of Public Works has shut down these areas and is detouring traffic down Cumberland Lane.

Damages have also been reported in Gloucester, including downed trees and damaged homes.

James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief William Apperson says they are responding to downed power lines and numerous trees down - including several that have fallen onto homes.