Possible tornadoes reported in Gloucester, Toano | Weather


Officials believe that one of five possible tornadoes reported around the state may have struck the Guinea section of Gloucester on Thursday evening as Michael moved into the area.

Another possible tornado was reported overnight in Toano, on the western side of Williamsburg, according to the weather service. 

The National Weather Service is assessing the sites.

In Gloucester, the weather service issued a tornado warning for the area around 7:20 p.m. Shortly after, witnesses reported hearing loud, roaring noises consistent with a tornado, according to Gloucester emergency management coordinator Brett Major. A number of trees and telephone poles were snapped in high winds.

No injuries have been reported. There were some reports of downed trees hitting houses in the county, according to Major.

The weather service confirmed at least one tornado touched down in James City.

The tornado was recorded in the upper part of the county.

“This is a radar confirmed tornado. We will work to get out there sometime in the coming days to confirm the exact intensity,” meteorologist Jeff Orrock wrote in an email.

At least five possible tornadoes were reported around the state, according to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. 

Virginia Gazette staff writer Jack Jacobs contributed to this story.

2018-10-12 13:51:23

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