Likely tornado kills at least three on Virginia portion of Delmarva
By From staff and wire reports
Jul 24, 2014 at 3:31 PM
A likely tornado tore through a campground at the southern tip of the Delmarva peninsula Thursday, killing up to three people and injuring as many as 20 as it overturned vehicles and downed trees, officials said.
The storm swept across the Chesapeake Bay and slammed into the seaside Cherrystone Campground at Cape Charles, Virginia, in the midst of the busy summer season, bringing hail, high winds and heavy rain.
"So far the count is three," Brittney Eder, a spokeswoman for the Eastville Volunteer Fire Co, said of the death toll.
She put the number injured at five and said three cars and a tractor-trailer had been overturned.
However, Virginia State Police said in a statement that two people died and another roughly 20 were injured. Campers are being bused to a shelter, and police are searching for more injured people, police said.
It gained strength as it moved east across the Chesapeake Bay and then struck the campground, he said. The weather service had put out a tornado warning at 8:20 a.m., and the twister hit a few minutes later, he said.
The Cherrystone website said it covered about 300 acres and included cottages, RV sites and boat rentals. No one answered a phone call to the campground.
A cold front moving through the mid-Atlantic produced storms Wednesday night and Thursday morning. While some storms that moved through Maryland were strong, no severe weather was reported.