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Statement as of 6:35 PM EDT on July 14, 2014

...Northampton County Virginia damage survey results...

A survey of the damage in the Cape Charles...Cherrystone...Cheriton and Oyster areas of Northampton County VA revealed that an EF-1 tornado...straight line wind damage...and a large swath of hail occurred with the storm that moved across that area this morning. The following is a summary of the various events.

Event 1 - EF-1 tornado

Location...tornado began in the Chesapeake Bay...a few miles west of Cherrystone campground...based upon photographs. The tornado then tracked eastward...affecting the northern portions of Cherrystone campground. The tornado then continued eastward across old Cherrystone Road...and U.S. Route 13...before lifting near seaside Road close to the Northampton landfill.

Date...July 24 2014 estimated time...8:25 am to 8:40 am EDT maximum ef-scale rating...EF-1 estimated maximum wind speed...80 to 100 mph maximum path width...150 yards path length...approx. 8 miles...some of that over water beginning lat/Lon...37.2893n / 76.0710w ending lat/Lon...37.2976n / 75.9315w * fatalities...2 * injuries...36

* damage details...many trees down or snapped off. Numerous camping trailers damaged...several destroyed. Several trees on Cabins.

Event 2 - downburst straight line wind damage. Winds estimated between 65 and 75 mph. Damage path extended from southern portions of Cherrystone campground southward into Cape Charles...then eastward through Cheriton to Oyster. Most significant damage from Cherrystone campground eastward to just east of Route 13 in Cheriton...and southward to just north of the intersection of U.S. Route 13 and Route 184 east of Cape Charles. Numerous trees were downed...snapped off or large limbs blown out. Couple of trees on homes. Several large camping trailers overturned in Cherrystone campground.

Event 3 - hail...golfball size...with a few reports of baseball size hail near Cherrystone campground...fell in a one half to three quarter mile wide swath from Cherrystone campground eastward to Oyster. Considerable Leaf debris from trees...and noticeable crop damage associated with the hail. In addition...hail combined with strong winds damage the siding on a number of homes.

Note...the information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in NWS storm data.

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