Several injuries reported in Pasquotank County following storm


by Jeff Lawson, 13News Now Chief Meteorologist

Posted on April 25, 2014 at 8:59 AM

Updated Friday, Apr 25 at 11:44 PM

NORFOLK -- Several injuries have been reported after strong storms rumbled through Pasquotank County Friday evening, officials said.  It is unclear how many people are injured or the extent of the injuries.

According to Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartright, some homes are badly damaged and there are cars overturned and wrapped around trees. 

13News Now reporter Jonathan Costen is in Pasquotank County and said there is a home on Shellie Drive that is completely demolished.

There are no confirmed reports of a tornado touching down, Pasquotank-Camden Emergency Management Coordinator Christy Saunders told the Daily Advance in Elizabeth City at 8:30 p.m. 

A Tornado Warning was in effect for Camden, Currituck, Pasquotank and Perquimans counties in North Carolina until 8:30 p.m.  Included in the warning was Elizabeth City.

Cartright initially told 13News Now there were several trees down and power was out throughout the county.  More than 2,000 customers were without power in Pasquotank County Friday night, according to Dominion Power. 

Cartright encouraged people to stay somewhere safe. 

"We are experiencing high winds, driving rain, and hail. When I was out, there are several trees down in the roads," Cartright told 13News Now. 

Sarah Kane in Elizabeth City tweeted, "It's pitch black so it's hard to see but there are power lines on the road, extensive flooding, no power & lots of sirens."

Elizabeth City X-treme Paintball park said their property was destroyed.  "I have no idea where the bunkers are.  The tree line to the woods is gone.  A piece of someone's house is in our driveway." they posted on their facebook page.

Perquimans County Sheriff Eric Tilley told 13News Now he knew of at least ten homes that were destroyed on Chapanoke Road.  No injuries were reported but there were people pinned inside their homes, he said.  Crews were working to clear roads and restore power.

It was reported that lightning struck a home in Harbinger and it was fully engulfed in fire. 

There were also scattered outages reported throughout the area.

Dominion Power spokeswoman Bonita Billingsley Harris tells it's believed a lightning strike caused an outage affecting several hundred people in Virginia Beach Friday afternoon.

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A Tornado Watch was in effect for most of the ABC13 area until 9 p.m. That means strong storms are capable of producing isolated tornadoes because conditions are favorable for such storms to develop. 

A line of strong thunderstorms in Central Virginia also triggered some Severe Thunderstorm Warnings.

At 9:30 p.m., the Suffolk Public Works Department reported the following areas were impassable due to high water:

  • 6200 block of Leafwood Road is impassable due to high water
  • 4900 block of Holy Neck Road is impassable due to high water
  • eastbound lane of Copeland Road at Copeland Road and Whaleyville Boulevard is closed to due high water
  • 8600 block of New Road is impassable due to high water

By late evening, storms moved offshore.  It will clear out overnight and sunshine is expected for much of Saturday.

Expect very warm temperatures Saturday, with highs approaching 80 degrees before another front approaches and tries to trigger a few showers.

The best chance for showers Saturday evening will be for northern areas, especially the Eastern Shore.

Sunday will be breezy and cooler with a decent amount of sun. 

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