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Storm damage reported in Suffolk

Several buildings in Suffolk were damaged or destroyed when a possible tornado moved through the area late on Christmas Eve, city officials said on Christmas Day.

Five residences sustained minor to moderate damage within the affected corridor. A total of six people have been displaced due to damage to their homes, including two adults and two children from a residence in the 1200 block of Dutch Road, who will be staying with relatives. A possible tornado damaged one residence and caused minor injuries to a woman, according to the city. Two Community Electric Cooperative power poles nearby were also knocked down.

Two adults were also displaced from a residence in the 7800 block of Corinth Chapel Road, and will also be assisted by relatives. The wall of the residence was destroyed and a vehicle flipped over by a possible tornado. Power lines and a pole were also down at this location, but there were no injuries.

A pickup truck and two enclosed trailers were overturned and damaged in front of a residence on Corinth Chapel Road. Electrical power was also out in this corridor and crews from Community Electric have been responding to restore power.

Nearby in the 1500 block of Dutch Road, a barn was completely destroyed.

Finally in the 7100 block of Gates Road, there was minor roof damage and a tree on a residence, causing siding and shingle damage.

In addition, the following roads are affected due to high water following heavy rains:

  • 400 block Lummis Road: passable at this time and water is receding.
  • 700 block Dutch Road: passable at this time and water is receding; signs are in place.
  • Holland Corner Road/Quaker Drive:  standing water but passable.
  • 4400 block Holy Neck Road: closed due to high water; signs are in place.