Gov. McAuliffe to visit Eastern Shore after tornado

Linda Wager tweeted this picture of damage at Cherrystone Campgrounds on the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Following a morning of devastating storms on the Eastern Shore Thursday, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced he is heading to the area Friday.

Brian Coy with the governor’s office said McAuliffe cancelled the remainder of his schedule in California and Colorado and is returning to Virginia on the next available flight.

The governor will travel to Northampton County to survey the damage, meet victims of the tornado and thank first responders and members of the community for their efforts to keep people safe, Coy said.

He is scheduled to meet with local Delegation at the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office at 10 a.m. and visit Cherrystone Campground at 10:45 a.m.

Earlier Thursday, Governor McAuliffe issued the following statement after the situation at Cherrystone Campground:

My public safety team and I are continuing to monitor and respond to the situation on the Eastern Shore following today’s severe weather event. Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran, Virginia Department of Emergency Management Coordinator Jeff Stern and regional state emergency management officials are en route to help coordinate the initial response to this tragic event. I have directed them and their teams to remain in constant contact with responders on the ground and make whatever resources are necessary available to those who are responding to this tragic event.

We are all saddened by the reports of injuries and lives lost in this storm and will continue to offer our thoughts and prayers to the Virginia families who were affected, along with whatever support is necessary to help these communities move forward.

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