Virginia Beach Tornado Damage: After a Sunday EF-3 tornado damaged dozens of homes, toppled trees, and resulted in gas leaks, the City of Virginia Beach declared an emergency. Authorities announced on Monday that they did not need to rescue anyone from the wreckage of collapsed structures because there were no early reports of injuries. They did point out that despite the bad weather, rescue efforts were made.
After the tornado touched down just after 6 o’clock in the evening, city officials stated that it is unknown how many homes had been damaged, but they estimated between 50 and 100. At a Monday morning news conference, Virginia Beach’s city manager, Patrick Duhaney, stated that “hundreds of homes” were probably affected. Duhaney told reporters, “Our first responders and many other city employees have given us a lot of tremendous support.” “At this time, we don’t have all the answers.
We’re trying to get as much information as we can about the scope of the destruction, but we do know that hundreds of homes were probably affected. On Facebook, the Virginia Beach Fire Department posted gripping drone footage of the destruction. The agency added, “Our thoughts go out to the Great Neck community and all those affected by last night’s storm. “We are thankful that nobody was killed.” The National Weather Service reported that meteorologists have categorized the tornado as an EF-3 tornado.
According to the EPA, the rating, which is in the center of the Enhanced Fujita (or EF) scale that rates tornadoes from 0 to 5, indicates that a tornado is “severe” with predicted wind speeds between 136 and 165 miles per hour. Based on the damage a tornado has inflicted, scientists use the EF Scale to estimate its wind speeds. On Monday, damage assessment teams continued to inspect the region as officials tried to develop a more precise assessment. According to an emergency management spokesperson who predicted that the region will be under a state of emergency declaration for quite some time, public safety authorities have so far searched 115 damaged structures.
Due to “challenges” with transportation in the affected areas, three local schools were still shuttered on Monday. The National Weather Service in Wakefield, Virginia tweeted, “We can confirm that there was a tornado based on the debris signature on radar, damage reports, and footage of the storm. A large portion of the damage was said to have occurred along N. Great Neck Road and River Road. Haversham Close and Upper Chelsea Reach are also included.