Update: National Weather Service confirms weak tornado hit Oceanfront

Virginia Beach, Va. – The National Weather Service has confirmed a weak tornado was one of three weather events that caused damage in Virginia Beach yesterday.

The EF-0 tornado never actually touched the ground, but moved in a straight line just above the ground like many weak tornadoes, according to Bill Sammler with the National Weather Service.

The twister damaged a house behind the Star of Sea School on 16th street and traveled to the Dolphin Inn at 17th & Atlantic.

Two other areas of damage, near Princess Anne Country Club and a church steeple blown off on Mediterranean Ave, were caused by straight line winds.

Cleanup is well underway, with city crews beginning work around 4 a.m. clearing debris and broken glass from Thursday’s storms.

Emergency Management and City Inspectors are out assessing the storm damage, according to Amy Valdez of the Virginia Beach Fire Department.

Several blocks at the Oceanfront were littered with broken glass and debris as the storm rolled through yesterday, causing high winds and heavy rain.

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On 16th Street, two parking attendants were hurt when they were thrown from a parking hut.

Both are expected to be okay.

PHOTO: 16th Street; debris lines the road after possible tornado at the Oceanfront.

PHOTO: 16th Street; debris lines the road after possible tornado at the Oceanfront.

The storm blew the windows out at 17th Street Surf Shop and ripped off siding.

Sentara sent their mass casualty bus to 19th Street so paramedics could treat and transport all those injured from flying debris and broken glass, including two children.

Fortunately – hospital officials say none of the injuries were life threatening.

 

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