HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — After tornado warnings expired for areas in the Southside of Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina Friday night, officials are trying to assess damage ranging from fallen power lines to a patient with a head injury.
A tornado warning expired at 8:30 p.m. for Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank, and Perquimans counties. The National Weather Service in Wakefield says a possible tornado hit the ground near Hall’s Creek in Pasquotank County and the tornadic storm then headed toward Elizabeth City.
Albemarle Regional Hospital received five patients with injuries sustained during the storm, one with head trauma. A spokesperson said all other injuries were minor, like bumps and bruises. The hospital had to run on backup power for some time as staff handled patients and prepared for any more that may come in. Power has since been restored.
Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartwright said the area received primarily wind damage. He said local officials are actively tracking the path of the storm, trying to determine what exactly happened.
Although officials believe all those injured have been found and treated, Cartwright said crews are actively assessing damage and looking for any others who may be injured.
“As far as we know, [all the injured have been accounted for.] We still have deputies out checking and rechecking … we’ve been blessed that we don’t have any reports of any fatalities, but we are checking to make sure we’ve cleared every truck and even some places where we’ve got trees down.”
Cartwright said multiple roads were made impassable by debris and fallen light poles and power lines. He said power crews are working to remove any threats, like live power lines on the ground, and to restore power.
“The thing now is we’re starting to see people are getting out and trying to move around, and that can be even more dangerous because they can run up on a tree or a power line that could be charged.”
Dominion North Carolina Power reports several thousand customers without power in the following areas: Pasquotank, Camden, Currituck, Dare, Perquimans, Bertie, Chowan, Gates, Halifax, Hertford.
Cartwright said the 911 Center, Public Safety Building and several other important buildings in Pasquotank are running on generators. Pasquotank County Manager Rodney Bunch said around 11 p.m. that there was no power whatsoever in the county.
Bunch said most of the damage was in the southwestern part of the county, including damage to houses. He said the entire area of Elizabeth City sustained substantial damage.
Christy Saunders with Pasquotank-Camden said injuries were also reported in Camden County, although she did not know the severity of the injuries. She said the entire area sustained significant damage, especially in the city and southwestern region. Power lines were reported down throughout the county.
The main priority of officials in the area is the safety of residents. Crews were out Saturday morning assessing damage.
Another tornado warning expired at 6:30 p.m. for Suffolk, Franklin, Southampton County as well as Hertford County and Northampton County in North Carolina.
Timothy Kelley with the City of Suffolk said 911 dispatchers for the city received no calls related to storm damage following the severe weather. However, the public works department responded to reports of high water in the southern part of the city. The following roads were declared impassable due to flooding:
- 6200 block of Leafwood Road
- 4900 block of Holy Neck Road
- Eastbound lane of Copeland Road at the intersection with Whaleyville Boulevard
- 8600 block of New Road