Three tornadoes touched down in Virginia on Monday, causing about 200 injuries, according to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
Suffolk was hit the hardest by two tornadoes but damage was also reported in other areas.
The National Weather Service in Wakefield said an F1 tornado with wind speeds of 86-110 mph touched down in Brunswick County.
At least 18 people were injured in Colonial Heights near Richmond, according to The Associated Press.
Although there was little reported tornado damage on the Peninsula, a tornado reportedly spun through central Gloucester, uprooting trees, downing power lines and scattering debris on parts of Hickory Fork, Chestnut Fork and Belroi Roads, according to Gloucester Sheriff's Maj. Darrell Warren.
On Belroi Road near Chestnut Fork Road, a large tree was uprooted and flung across the front of a Jeep Cherokee.
Fire Chief J.D. Clements, of Gloucester County Volunteer Fire and Rescue, said firefighters also responded to reports of wind damage on Main Street in the Courthouse area and on Route 14 heading out to Mathews. He said there were no reports of fire or injuries.
From the street, Wayne Metheny's Chestnut Fork Road trailer looked to have emerged unscathed, with not even a flower in his garden out of place. But around back, large severed tree branches crashed down on three of his vehicles — including a 1967 Ford Thunderbird he'd received as a gift from his son. Across the street, sheets of aluminum fencing were scattered across a front yard, with a 10-foot section hanging from a power line 20 feet in the air.
A neighbor told Metheny he'd seen the tornado touch down in the lot behind Metheny's, skip over his home and move down the road. Shawn and Jennifer Miller, who live next door to Metheny, surveyed the damage behind their home. About 10 trees had had their tops shorn off about 40 feet above the ground, with branches and debris scattered everywhere. Two apple saplings, remarkably, stood undisturbed.
When the storm passed through between 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Miller said, her ears popped, her adrenaline soared and then, within seconds, it was over. "We were just standing by the door and, to me, it sounded like a diesel truck coming through," Shawn Miller said.
Surry County officials confirmed at least one double-wide mobile home on Beaverdam Road was destroyed by the storm. There were no injuries.
The storm caused power outages in Mathews County.
There was little storm damage reported in the Williamsburg area.
A tree was down and blocking the roadway on Colonial Parkway near Cheatham Annex, but was cleared quickly. Reports of power lines down on Interstate 64 in York County were never confirmed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun