VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – On Friday, the National Weather Service confirmed a weak EF-0 tornado swept through part of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Thursday.
Bill Sammler with the National Weather Service said winds reached no more than 70 to 75 mph in the tornado, which hit the area of the 16th Street and Pacific Avenue.
“The cell that did some of the damage originated in Greensville County, Capron, Courtland area, weakened some and then re-intensified as it came into Chesapeake,” Sammler said.
Super Doppler 10 meteorologist Jeremy Wheeler said an EF-0 tornado categorizes wind speeds between 65 and 85 mph.
Sammler said there are also two areas of Virginia Beach that saw damage from straight-line winds.
“From the area behind me where the roof was blown off the house, all the way across over to the Oceanfront northeastward, that looks to be a weak tornado, EF-0 in nature,” Sammler said Friday. “I did the survey this morning for the damage in Virginia Beach. It looks like we may have actually had three separate events.”
After getting a look at the damage on Mediterranean Avenue near Pinewood Drive, where a church’s steeple was blown off, Sammler said it appeared to have been caused by straight-line winds.
In the third area surveyed by the NWS, along Laskin Road near Princess Anne Country Club, Sammler said the damage was likely caused by straight-line winds. He said there were lots of trees and power lines down, and a couple of trees that had been knocked onto homes and cars.
At least six people were transported to a local hospital from the Oceanfront after being injured by the storm. Officials in Southampton County say no injuries were reported there.