NWS Confirms a tornado touched down in Chesapeake on Friday


CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — A Survey team with the National Weather Service found that a tornado touched down in southern Chesapeake on Friday morning.

After investigating, the NWS says an EF1 tornado with max winds 90-95mph with a path width of 200 yards occurred in the area.

Dustin Hockett says it’s not the first time he’s had to spend his day cleaning up after a tornado, but he never forgets that feeling when it first comes through.

“I looked at the phone it said tornado warning and I was like I don’t see anything going on. I looked outside it’s calm outside,” said Hockett

But looks can be deceiving.

“I looked out here I saw the trees falling over and I was like let’s get to the bathroom. Went to the bathroom sat in there for about a minute and it was gone,” he said.

The storm came and went leaving a mess behind.

“There were trees everywhere all along the road across the street there were power lines down, trees on this house, trees on the RV across the road trees on our neighbors roof. It was just crazy,” he said.

“Luckily everybody was okay. Everybody came out in the street and everybody had flashlights looking around at all the damage, everybody said they were okay,” he said.

But it was a close call for some.

Many trees were down along with significant damage to a RV.

The family that lives cross the street from Hockett said there were two people inside the damaged RV at the time of the storm.

They did not want to go on camera, but they said their loved ones inside were in the back of the camper and moved out of the way seconds before the tree dropped.

Although these were some very scary moments for a lot of these neighbors they are just grateful no one was hurt.

There was only minor damage to other homes along the track.

The most widespread and significant damage of EF1 category
occurred near or along Dewald Rd where several large hardwood trees were uprooted and and a camper was destroyed. Some roof, shingle, and spouting damage to homes was also observed. The tornado then lifted prior to reaching route 168.

Statement from the National Weather Service

There were no injuries or deaths reported due to the storm, officials say.

Stay with WAVY.com for updates.

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