Storms wreak havoc in Suffolk

Published 10:36 pm Thursday, July 10, 2014

For the second day in a row, Suffolk was hit by severe thunderstorms that brought down trees and power lines across the city.

The same storm brought a tornado to Capron in Southampton County, according to the Virginia State Police. Jeff Orrock with the National Weather Service said representatives would visit an area in Virginia Beach tomorrow where a tornado touchdown also was possible.

But it seemed the tornado skipped over Suffolk on its way, instead bringing only plenty of rain and wind.

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Rainfall recorded at the emergency operations center on Kings Fork Road was nearly 3 inches as of 4 p.m., city spokeswoman Diana Klink said. A wind gust of 40 miles per hour was recorded at 2:24 p.m.

Orroch said the remainder of the week could bring some rain, but “nothing like we just experienced.”

Extensive storm damage was reported in the Lake Prince area, Klink said. Multiple trees and power lines were down along Lake Prince Drive, Milners Road, Girl Scout Road, Gardner Lane and Matoaka Road, she reported. Suffolk police and Public Works crews responded to the area, along with Dominion Virginia Power.

“We had reports about a bunch of trees down,” Orroch said. “We hadn’t heard any concerns of a possible tornado up there.”

Suffolk Fire and Rescue responded to numerous incidents, including a lightning strike at a home in the 3500 block of Pony Club Pointe in the Steeple Chase neighborhood. It caused interior damage to the home.

Tree limbs overhanging a power line in the 100 block of Kingsdale Road also caused sparking, to which firefighters and Dominion Virginia Power responded.

Nearly 500 homes and businesses were without power for at least part of the afternoon.

Several Parks and Recreation events, including the roving ranger program at Bennett’s Creek Park, were canceled. The Cypress Park Pool closed early.

High water in the Burbage Grant area necessitated the placement of high water signs.