GLOUCESTER, Va. (WAVY) — The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed that two tornadoes formed in Gloucester during Tropical Storm Michael, bringing the total number of confirmed tornadoes in Virginia during the storm to 7.
The NWS confirmed that an EF0 tornado hit the southern part of Gloucester by Cuba Road on Thursday evening. They also confirmed that a second tornado, also an EF0, hit the northern part of Gloucester by Pampa Road that same day.
“I could see the funnel coming across the river with the heat lightning around it,” said Brent Fedors, the Gloucester County Administrator that also lives off Cuba road. “I didn’t stick around to watch, I got in the shower, ducked down and covered my had. I heard it pass on the east side of the house.”
It occurred mere minutes after a Tornado Warning was issued for the area, and in seconds it was over according to Fedors.
“It was a scary thing, the speed was just unbelievable,” Fedors said.
He estimates more than 100 trees toppled over as the tornado spared nothing in its path. Electrical lines lie tangled in a maze of branches and brush along Cuba road, even blocking driveways in several places.
No injuries were reported.
These two conformations are the second and third for our area, with the NWS confirming that a tornado touched down in James City County on Thursday afternoon as well.