Northampton County Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency
Two people were killed and more than two dozen were hurt at Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, with injuries ranging from cuts to broken bones, officials said. In Virginia, State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller confirmed the deaths. Geller said emergency personnel searched the area for additional casualties, and survivors got bused to a high school set up as a temporary shelter
At 8:38 am, the National Weather Service sent out a tornado warning for the area. The twister hit the Cherrystone Campground, near Cape Charles, shortly before 9:00 am.
About 1,300 people were at the campground, readying for a summer day of swimming pools, mini-golf, pier fishing and other activities at the 300-acre resort in rural Northampton County.
Peter Glagola, spokesman for Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital, said the hospital was treating more than two dozen patients as of Thursday afternoon, most of which were in fair condition with injuries ranging from cuts to broken bones. Glagola said more patients were expected to be brought to the hospital, which is about 30 minutes north of the campground. One patient in critical condition was flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond, he said.
Hospitals in Virginia Beach and Norfolk had been preparing for mass casualties but had received just three patients, one of which was taken to a nearby children’s hospital, said Sentara Healthcare spokesman Dale Gauding.
Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert said crews also were responding to reports of boats overturned in the water in the area. Boaters pulled at least three people from the water, he said.
The Northampton County Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency later Thursday morning, shutting down regular county government functions to concentrate on storm recovery, said Janice Williams, assistant to the county administrator. With about 12,000 population, it is among the smallest of Virginia’s 93 counties.