HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — The National Weather Service has just completed its preliminary investigation into the storm damage that occurred Saturday night.
They have confirmed that an EF1 tornado impacted Suffolk with winds 85-90 mph.
The tornado touched down just east of Main St. in downtown Suffolk and quickly moved off to the east. The National Weather Service says the tornado intersected US-58 twice before heading into the Great Dismal Swap.
According to city officials, at least 14 homes and 7 businesses were damaged.
A large storm system swept through the area on Saturday night, prompting the National Weather Service to issue tornado warnings for most of the Southside.
The city of Suffolk received the bulk of the damage from the storms, with little damage reported in other areas of the viewing toward Virginia Beach.
Diana Klink with the city of Suffolk says a total of 6 business and 14 residences reported damage as of 10:30 Saturday night, including a home in the 1800 block of Nansemond Parkway that caught fire. Klink says firefighters arrived around 7:10 p.m. and found heavy fire coming from the brick ranch.
Four people were displaced and their dog was saved by firefighters. The cause is under investigation.
No injuries overall have been reported in Suffolk.
Klink says the areas primarily afffected were near Wilroy and Constance roads. 10 houses on MacArthur Drive reported damage, with four of those having major damage. Two homes on Myrtle Road were heavily damaged. Klink says a tree also fell on a detached garage on Proctor Street and a home on Elm Street had major damage.
The majority of damage to the businesses in the area are due to blown windows and HVAC unit damage.
Approximately 200 homes across the city also lost power, and Klink says Dominion Energy has responded.
These roads were also closed:
· Wilroy Road and Constance Road
· Elm Street and Constance Road
· Myrtle Street and Constance Road
· Proctor Street and Constance Road
· Proctor Street and Wilroy Road
· Suburban Drive and Wilroy Road
Klink says residents who live in these areas must show identification to be let through. Residents won’t be permitted to enter if there are downed power lines or other safety issues.
Flooding was also reported in Windsor, and in areas of Virginia Beach.
If you have reports of storm damage, please inform law enforcement. Suffolk asks that you please call the non-emergency line at 757-923-2350.
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