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Tornado Knocks Down Trees, Damages Auto Shop in Sussex

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The tornado that touched down in Sussex Thursday evening was a small and weak storm, so no one was hurt. Still, its strong winds left some major damage in certain areas. The tornado that touched down in Sussex Thursday evening was a small and weak storm, so no one was hurt. Still, its strong winds left some major damage in certain areas.
SUSSEX COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) -

The tornado that touched down in Sussex Thursday evening was a small and weak storm, so no one was hurt. Still, its strong winds left some major damage in certain areas.

Charlotte Clary lives off of Mayfield Avenue in Waverly. A massive tree is now lying across her neighbor's yard, uprooted and knocked down during the tornado.

“I looked out the window after it was over and I see the tree knocked down, and I was like, 'Oh my gosh this is worse than I thought,’” said Clary.

No damage was done to her house, but the strong winds brought down several trees around her home-- most along Route 460.

Just down the street, at Van Cleef Auto Parts, there are more signs of destruction.

Anthony Jaramillo was working at the shop when the storm started.

“All of a sudden the wind picked up and the doors just started coming in and out. And I wound up locking that door and going in the bathroom and hiding,” he said.

The storm lifted the roof of the back shop, landing by the railroad tracks behind it. It also shook light fixtures out of place and left debris everywhere.

"It sounded just like a freight train was right in the shop coming full blast. it was so loud in here, i mean it just shook the whole building,” said Jaramillo.

But the tornado didn't cause any injuries or deaths.

“So far I've been lucky, I pray to God that I’ll still be here,” said Clary.


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