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DC Tornado causes damage in Hampton VIRGINIA

Tornado causes extensive damage in Hampton VA in the Washington DC area
June 1, 2012

A tornado hit downtown Hampton Friday evening, causing significant damage.
The twister moved across the James River and hit the area where the annual Blackbeard Festival is being held.
Witnesses report damage in the downtown area along Settlers Landing Road, the Hampton Yacht Club, Amory's Seafood, Little England, and along Chesapeake Avenue.

One home in the 800 block of Park Place in Hampton had extensive structural damage and was condemned, according to Hampton police.
There are no reports of major injuries at this time, although some people were treated for cuts and bruises.
The storm damaged buildings downtown and scattered tents and vendor stalls at the festival. There are several reports of trees down on homes and downed power lines.

Dominion Power reports over 6000 customers are without power in Hampton Roads, with another 3000 out in Gloucester and the Northern Neck.
Amory's Seafood Market, a family-run business for 95 years in Hampton, sustained major damage.
Earlier Friday, a tornado struck Elizabeth City, N.C., causing tree damage.
Rich Olson, city manager of Elizabeth City, told 13News around 5:30 that there had been a report of a tornado siting at Rt 17 near Hughes Blvd and Halstead Road.


Tornadoes, heavy rains leave U.S. mid-Atlantic battered

Tornadoes, heavy rains leave U.S. mid-Atlantic battered


(Reuters) - High winds, heavy rains and six tornadoes have descended on the mid-Atlantic region, causing at least one serious injury but no deaths and damaging homes, businesses and boats, officials said on Saturday.

The violent storms that struck Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia on Friday collapsed a fabric dome near Pittsburgh, stranded motorists on flooded roads, and ruined homes and boats.

The National Weather Service said in a post on Twitter late on Saturday that six tornadoes had been confirmed as part of the weather outbreak. No other details were immediately available.

One man in Bel Air, Maryland, near Baltimore suffered broken bones when the concrete block wall of his automotive garage business collapsed on him during the storm. Another man inside the garage had minor injuries, Edward Hopkins of the Maryland Emergency Management Agency said.

An alert employee evacuated 11 others from the fabric golf dome at Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania a minute before winds caused it to collapse on Friday. They escaped unhurt, the university said in a statement.

Tens of thousands of people lost power in Washington and its Maryland suburbs on Friday, but outages were down to around 250 customers by Saturday, said Myra Oppel, a spokeswoman for Potomac Electric Power Company.

"It was really nasty weather," Oppel said in a telephone interview. "I've never heard so many tornado warnings."

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