Possible tornado spotted in North Suffolk Friday night

Published 2:47 pm Friday, June 1, 2012

UPDATED 12:35 a.m.

The National Weather Service has called off the tornado watch early after the severe weather moved out of the area.

It had been set to expire at 2 a.m.


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UPDATED 9 p.m.

City spokeswoman Debbie George says no damage has been located from the citizen-reported tornado on Friday night.

The twister was spotted in the Riverfront area just before 8 p.m., but crews were unable to find any evidence it had touched down, she said.

In addition, Virginia State Police reported a waterspout — likely the one pictured below — in the area of the Monitor-Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel, but it was moving away from Suffolk.

UPDATED 8:30 p.m.

The tornado watch has been extended to remain in effect until 2 a.m. Saturday

UPDATED 8:15 p.m.

A possible tornado has been spotted near Interstate 664 and Bridge Road, according to several citizens and police dispatchers.

The tornado was spotted around 8 p.m., according to public safety radio communications.

A Suffolk News-Herald reader took this photo of a possible tornado spotted near North Suffolk. (Halsey Beldon photo)

Several citizens who were in the area at the time also reported on Facebook that they had seen it and snapped photos of it.

Despite the sighting, the National Weather Service did not issue a tornado warning for Suffolk. The entire city remained under a tornado watch.

UPDATED 2:45 p.m.

The city of Suffolk, along with most of the state, is under a tornado watch until 9 p.m.

A tornado watch is issued when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area.

Severe thunderstorms also were predicted for late Friday.

Residents are encouraged to monitor the weather situation. If a tornado warning is issued, people should take cover, moving to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. If outdoors, in a mobile home or vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

The city of Suffolk has canceled its recreation league softball games scheduled for tonight because of the weather. They will be rescheduled at a later date.

In addition, the farmers’ market has been canceled. It will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Suffolk Visitor Center pavilion, 524 N. Main St.