SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Cleanup is continuing after a tornado touched down in Suffolk over the weekend.
Officials said seven businesses and 18 homes were damaged after the twister moved through a portion of the city. No injuries were reported.
The National Weather Service in Wakefield cofirmed the EF-1 tornado had estimated wind speeds of up to 90 mph. The tornado was on the ground for 2 miles, beginning near N. Main Street and crossing Portsmouth Boulevard and E. Washington Street.
The tornado made its way through the Wilson Pines area before ending in the Great Dismal Swamp
Windows and the HVACs at two businesses on Constance Road — a Wash Land laundromat and Boost Mobile — were damage in the tornado.
I’m told people were inside of the Wash Land laundromat when the tornado touched down in #Suffolk.
Some windows shattered, then branches and leaves flew into the building.
People had to hide behind the dryers to stay safe. @WAVY_News pic.twitter.com/HsPXw11sWO— Kiahnna Patterson (@KPattersonWAVY) May 13, 2019
10 On Your Side’s Kiahnna Patterson learned people were inside the laundromat during the tornado. Some windows shattered, then branches and leaves flew into the building.
People had to hide behind the dryers to stay safe.
The city said it will relax its bulk collection regulations for the downtown area for two weeks starting Monday to cleanup from the storm damage. Specifically, the city will relax requirements concerning the amount of debris.
Saturday’s Tornado came amid a line of severe weather that brought heavy rain, strong winds and lightning to the region. Flooding was reported in areas including Windsor and parts of Virginia Beach.