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Public Information Statement

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

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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