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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WAKEFIELD VA  
635 PM EDT THU JUL 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.  
 

 
 
BILL SAMMLER  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE  
WAKEFIELD VA  
 
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