Two tornadoes touched down in Central Virginia on Thursday evening, one in Waverly, in Sussex County, the other in Prince George County.
The Prince George County tornado is considered an EF-0 storm, meaning it had winds of 65 to 85 miles per hour. It touched down on Kurnas Lane, destroying a shed, snapping trees and causing minor home damage.
The Sussex County tornado was also an EF 0 storm, and caused some minor damage. No one was hurt or killed in either storm. ABC 8News Reporter Parker Slaybaugh visited Prince George County on Friday, as residents began cleanup.
Resident Melissa Gressman experienced terrifying moments as she watched a tornado barreling down, her home directly in its path.
“It was a funnel cloud that started in front of those trees, and it just dropped down right in front of those trees,” she said.
She grabbed her dog, jumped in her bathtub, and held down while her garage was ripped from its foundation.
“I ran to get the dog and as I was running down the hallway, I saw, through the window, the garage lifting up,” Gressman said. “I could feel the house shaking and I could feel the roof shaking, so I was just praying that the roof didn’t come off with it.”
The roof stayed on, but suffered damage when the garage slammed into it. The garage started in her backyard, flew roughly 100 yards in the air, and was dropped in her front yard.
Gressman is no stranger to tornadoes; this is the third tornado to hit her home.
“This is the worst it’s ever been,” she said. “This is the absolute worst it’s ever been.”
Despite the damage, Gressman is thankful that she and her puppy are doing alright. She says as soon as the storm passed, she opened up her front door and already saw the Prince George County Fire and Police departments, as well as many neighbors, waiting out front to make sure she was alright and immediately helped in the cleanup process.
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