York County, Va. (WAVY) - Several funnel clouds and tornado-like conditions were reported in parts of York County Thursday night. A 10 On Your Side viewer sent video of the dark clouds swirling and spiraling around Seaford in York County.
The viewer told WAVY.com he took the video on his iPhone shortly after a tornado warning was issued for the area. In the video you can see the clouds moving in a circular motion, and then what looks like funnel clouds forming. The strong tornado like conditions lasted for about 13 minutes.
The National Weather Service has not determined if the funnel clouds were indeed tornados. Emergency officials say Thursday's strong storms should serve as a reminder for people to have a tornado safety plan.
"When you look at this video and you see the clouding spinning and the funnel cloud that appears to drop down, it just makes you think about all those times you tell people to be prepared," said Captain Paul Long, York County Dept. of Fire and Life Safety. "We think about what the folks in the mid-west are going through right now, and it could very easily happen."
Captain Long says in the event of tornadoes all fire personnel are told to take cover, and be on stand-by when conditions improve. Captain Long says the department will also use the video of the funnel clouds for training purposes in the future.
No damage was reported in York County Thursday night. Long confirmed that there was no damage, fallen trees, flooding or closed roads in Seaford.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.