HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) –The National Weather Service in Wakefield confirmed Saturday it was an EF2, possibly even an EF3, tornado that hit Chesapeake and Virginia Beach Friday night.
Severe weather moved through Hampton Roads and northeast North Carolina on Friday, leaving tons of damage behind.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued several tornado warnings throughout the region. A tornado watch that was issued for the entire region for several hours.
The NWS confirmed that a EF-2 tornado that went across parts of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake has peak winds of 120 mph, and EF-1 touched down in Suffolk with peak winds of 80-90 mph as well as a EF-1 that went through Bertie County.
Several WAVY viewers sent in photos of storm damage, hail and high water on roads.
Drew Lankford with Virginia Beach Public Works said a tornado touched down at Elbow and Indian River roads. Two hundred homes were damaged.
WAVY viewer Ashley Rose spotted a possible tornado at Centerville and Lynnhaven in Virginia Beach.
A gas station in Franklin lost its awning. The owner says the damage could end up costing him thousands.
In Chesapeake, the Real Life Christian Church was destroyed. The building collapsed and part of the church’s roof is gone.
Luckily, no injuries were reported anywhere.
Chesapeake residents can report storm damage to homes or businesses from Friday’s storms to 911. Be sure to have the address and a summary of the damages ready when you call.
For those who live in Virginia Beach, public safety and city agencies, as well as the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, will be performing wellness checks throughout neighborhoods and assisting citizens who cannot get into their homes. Citizens who need to report damage should call their insurance agency or 311.
Virginia Beach City Officials and the Sheriff’s Office Inmate Workforce is assisting with damage cleanup in the area after the storm.
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Virginia Beach City Government is saying that if you have debris you can take it to the Virginia Beach Landfill & Resource and Recovery Center Saturday until 6 p.m. The landfill will also be open Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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