Communities still reeling from August 4 tornadoes

Two vehicles remain in the collapsed garage and second story of this home in Fleets Bay. More storm photos are in the printed paper or e-Edition. Photo by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi and Jackie Nunnary

KILMARNOCK—At least seven people were injured and 18 homes deemed unsafe after two separate tornadoes whipped through the lower Northern Neck on Tuesday, August 4.

The National Weather Service (NWS) at Wakefield confirmed an EF2 tornado swept through Lancaster County, touching down near Windmill Point Lane and cutting a 15.6-mile path before lifting near Browns Store Road in Northumberland County. A separate EF1 tornado touched down in the Fleeton area of Northumberland County. Both destroyed property and caused widespread power outages.

According to Lancaster County Emergency Services Chief Matthew Smith, an area hospital reported at least seven tornado-related injuries.

We knew of five and now know of at least two more” people injured in Lancaster County, said Smith. “And there could be more we haven’t been notified of yet.”

There were no reported injuries in Northumberland County, according to Northumberland County administrator Luttrell Tadlock.

Smith reports a “rough estimate” of nearly $6 million in structural damage in… [to-view-more]