Couple dies, 36 injured after EF-1 tornado touches down in Cherrystone Family Camping Resort

A confirmed EF-1 tornado touched down in Cherrystone Family Camping Resort in Cape Charles, Virginia on Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

Virginia State Police have confirmed two deaths as a result after a tree fell across two tents. They’ve named the victims as 38-year-old Lord Balabat and his wife Lolibeth Ortega.  Their 13-year-old son was transported to CHKD with life threatening injuries. Officials say the family is from Jersey City, NJ.

All 1,328 people at the campground have been accounted for.

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Matt Knight July 24, 20149:31 am

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Isle of Wight County, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Northeastern Suffolk until 10:15am.

At 9:21 am trained weather spotters reported a severe thunderstorm producing quarter size hail and damaging winds in excess of 60 mph.  This storm was located near Kings Fork and moving east at 30 mph.

This storm has a history of producing destructive winds and large hail. Seek shelter now inside a sturdy structure and stay away from windows.

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From Dominion Virginia Power: As of 9:40 a.m., lightning has caused power outages in the Ft. Monrow, Phoebus, and HRBT areas. 

At one point, 4,400 customers were without power and now it’s down to about 2,200. 

Crews are working on restoring the remaining customers. 

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Traffic lights are out at Mercury Blvd. and Mallory Street, according to Hampton Police.

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Sentara spokesperson says “Three Sentara hospitals are making mass casualty preparations – Sentara Norfolk General, Sentara Virginia Beach General and Sentara Leigh. We anticipate multiple patients, but will not know how many until they arrive at each hospital.”

Holly Henry July 24, 201410:05 am

10:01 a.m. Updated List of Power Outages, Per Dominion Virginia Power:

Virginia Beach: None

Chuckatuck: 1,400 

Norfolk: 6

Peninsula: 85

Ches. 18

Per Daisy Pridgen of Dominion Virginia Power

Holly Henry July 24, 201410:05 am

10:01 a.m. Updated List of Power Outages, Per Dominion Virginia Power:

Virginia Beach: None

Chuckatuck: 1,400 

Norfolk: 6

Peninsula: 85

Ches. 18

Per Daisy Pridgen of Dominion Virginia Power

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Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Chesapeake, Norfolk, Virginia Beach until 11:15 a.m.

Holly Henry July 24, 201410:13 am

Shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday (July 24), Virginia State
Police began receiving calls concerning severe storm damage in the Cheriton
community of Northampton County, Va., on the Eastern Shore.  

There have
been NO reports of any fatalities in the county or at a local campground
impacted by the storm.
 

At 8:48 a.m., Virginia State Police responded to an
overturned tractor-trailer in the 20400 block of Lankford Highway in
Northampton County. 

The driver was transported to a nearby hospital for
treatment of minor injuries. 

At this time, state police are investigating to
see if the storm was a factor in the crash.

At 9 a.m., Virginia State Police began responding to the
Cherrystone Campground in Cheriton. Upon arriving at the at the campground,
troopers encountered numerous downed trees and power lines across the roads. 

Several campers were struck by fallen trees and some campers overturned. 

Only
minor injuries have been reported at this time. Virginia State Police,
Northampton County Sheriff’s Office and local fire and rescue crews are on
scene. 

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BREAKING: The Eastville Volunteer Fire Department confirms three people dead at the Cherrystone Family Camping Resort.

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CBBT Level 4 wind restrictions still in place. 

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Virginia State Police say they’re still only confirming two deaths (The Eastville Volunteer Fire Department has confirmed three) and approximately 20 injured at the Cherrystone Family Camping Resort. 

At this time, those at the campground are being transported by bus to a nearby school for shelter as state police and the sheriff’s office continue to search the campground for any
additional injured persons.

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UPDATE: At least 20 people have been injured. 

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People at campground being bussed to Northampton Co. High School

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Becca Mitchell July 24, 201411:32 am

Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital is treating 25 patients – 3 in critical, 8 traumas, 8 children, 6 minor injuries

Many injuries are broken bones/head injuries. 

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As of 11:30 a.m. Sentara Hospitals have received 3 patient as a result of this
incident.

Three Sentara Hopsitals prepared to receive patients.

Sentara Virginia Beach General and Sentara Norfolk General Hospitals are returning to normal operations.

Nightingale is grounded, given the severe weather conditions.

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1 patient who came to Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital has been transferred to CHKD.

2 patients arrived at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, 1 is being treated and 1 is being assessed.

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Sentara spokesman Dale Gauding says the Nightingale helicopter is heading to the Eastern Shore. He believes they may be picking up someone from Riverside Shore Memorial.

Becca Mitchell July 24, 20141:03 pm

Northampton Co. Social Services says they need people to bring food, water or any other supplies to the Northampton County High School shelter.

They say the Norfolk Salvation Army will be bringing food at 5:00 p.m. but they have no supplies otherwise.

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While working at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters in Norfolk, and treating patients affected by today’s storm on the Eastern Shore, Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam released the following statement:

“As an Eastern Shore native, my heart goes out to all those affected by today’s storm. I will work closely with Governor McAuliffe, Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, and our partners across the region to make sure that the Eastern Shore has the resources it needs to respond and recover from this horrible tragedy. The Eastern Shore is a closely knit community with a strong sense of spirit and resolve, and I know working together we will forge ahead in the face of adversity. I will continue to keep all those affected in my thoughts and prayers.”

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Cups, water, pet food and socks are needed at the Northampton Co. High School storm shelter. 

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Hampton Roads, VA (July 24, 2014)
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The Salvation Army Hampton Roads Area Command’s Emergency
Disaster Services (EDS) team is responding to the severe weather and tornado
that touched down on the Easter Shore the morning of Thursday, July 24, 2014.

 

The mobile unit from Norfolk will
assist in feeding 500 people at Northampton High School this evening and are
prepared to provide additional support to survivors and first responders.

 

“The Salvation Army is always
prepared to serve those in need and we’re ready to assist during times of disaster
through physical and spiritual comfort,” says Major Stephen Long, Area
Commander.

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VDOT crews have conducted damage assessment from the storms in Northampton County this morning that included blocked roads and downed trees, branches and power lines.

There are currently four blocked roads as a result of the storms.

Downed trees or other hazardous road conditions may be reported by calling VDOT
Customer Service at 1-800-367-ROAD (1-800-367-7623).

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The Northampton County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia Secretary of Public Safety Brian Moran, and Virginia State Police will hold a press conference at 3:30 p.m.

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Becca Mitchell July 24, 20143:54 pm

LIVE NOW: Virginia State Police press conference on fatal storm in Northampton Co.

http://wtkr.com/on-air/live-stream-2/

Doris Taylor July 24, 20143:57 pm

UPDATE:  During a press conference today, officials have confirmed that a couple died and their 13-year-old son is fighting for his life at CHKD after a confirmed tornado touched down at Cherrystone Family Camping Resort in Cape Charles, Virginia. 31 others were injured.

Doris Taylor July 24, 20144:10 pm

UPDATE:  During a press conference today, officials have confirmed that a couple died and their 13-year-old son is fighting for his life at CHKD after a confirmed tornado touched down at Cherrystone Family Camping Resort in Cape Charles, Virginia. Officials say a tree fell on the family while they were in two different tents. 

36 others were injured.
Officials say the family is from Jersey City. They’ve named the victims as 38-year-old Lord Balabat and his wife Lolabeth Ortega. 

All 1,328 people at the campground have been accounted for. 

Doris Taylor July 24, 20144:11 pm

KAINE STATEMENT ON EASTERN SHORE STORM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement today:

“I am heartbroken for the families and loved ones of those who lost their lives at the Cherrystone Campground today, as well as those who were injured in this storm. I stand ready to help the Eastern Shore community recover in whatever ways I can.”

Doris Taylor July 24, 20144:18 pm

Senator Lewis Statement on Tornado Striking the Eastern Shore

I am saddened by the news of the devastating tornado that hit Northampton County this morning. For those who lost loved ones or have been injured, my thoughts are with you.
I have spoken with Secretary of Public Safety, Brian Moran, and both his office and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management stand ready to offer any assistance that might be necessary from the Commonwealth.
Tragic events such as this always highlight the importance of our volunteer fire departments, EMS and police. I am always so grateful for the public service of the first responders whenever a tragedy like this occurs. Thanks to all of them for their service and their efforts especially during this crisis.

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The governor will be in the area on Friday to look at the damage caused by today’s tornado. During a press conference, officials said the tornado was contained to the campground except when it bounced over to Route 13 and hit the truck. The driver reported seeing a funnel cloud coming toward him.

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The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Cape Charles earlier on Thursday in Cheriton and Oyster.
They say there was straight line wind damage and large hail.

The tornado started in the Chesapeake Bay just a few miles west of Cherrystone. The tornado then moved east and affected the northern parts of Cherrystone Campground. It then moved to Old Cherrystone Road and U.S. Route 13 before it lifted near Seaside Road to the Northampton Landfill.
Several trees fell down or snapped off and many camping trailers were damaged in the process. 

Officials say there were also reports of trees falling on homes as well.

There is also crop damage due to the large hail and siding on several homes is also damaged.

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A family is devastated after a couple was killed and their three children hurt when the tornado ripped through the Cherrystone Family Camping Resort. http://link.wtkr.com/1Ae7MIK

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Norfolk, VA – In response to yesterday’s tragic storm on the Eastern Shore, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore responded to a request from Northampton School Board to assist in supplying food, linens and blankets to those who sought refuge at the Northampton High School emergency shelter. The Foodbank anticipates the need for continued support to families in our community.

“We know that the effects will be longer lasting than today for those who have lost power and sustained damage to their homes,” said Renee Figurelle, Chief Operating Officer of the Foodbank. “Every day, we serve our neighbors in need, and we sincerely appreciate the donations the community provides that allow us be there for those who are struggling.”
If anyone affected by the disaster needs any replacement food supplies, they are asked to contact the Foodbank office in Tasley, VA at 757-787-2557. Those who wish to donate food or funds can do so by calling, dropping off between 8:00am and 3:00pm, Monday through Friday, or giving online. For every $10 received, the Foodbank can distribute up to $60 worth of grocery products.

Holly Henry July 25, 201411:38 am

Food Donation Page: fbseva.convio.net/EasternShoreFoodAssistanceFund

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