CALLAO, Va. (AP) — A tornado that struck Virginia’s Northumberland County near the Chesapeake Bay destroyed one home and severely damaged a few others. But no one was injured, according to weather service officials.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Orrock said the tornado struck near the town of Callao. Northumberland County is on the bay’s western shore.
The tornado tracked for about five miles and carried winds of up to 120 mph. Orrock said that the storm started to intensify and spin once it passed the Rappahannock River, which is south of Callao and Northumberland County.
Orrock said the tornado was part of a lone thunderstorm that did not appear to be part of a larger storm system.
Neada Corbin, 65, rummaged through the debris of her home of 40 years after the tornado ripped it from its foundation.
“You don’t want everybody to see you cry,” she said.
Corbin was at a store when the storm hit. She returned to a neighborhood with about a dozen damaged homes, but she was the only one with no home still standing. She lost everything she owns inside the home.
“I got myself together and it’s OK. I got all my friends here and you know, God has a plan and it’s OK,” Corbin said.