May 2011: Severe thunderstorms lash Hampton Roads Tuesday

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Posted on May 16, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 5:59 AM

Wilroy Road closure due to storm damage

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HAMPTON ROADS -- A line of severe thunderstorms moved through cities of Hampton Roads Tuesday, downing trees and knocking out power for thousands.

The storms brought high winds with gusts of 70 mph in some areas, as well as lightning, hail, and heavy rain. Quarter-size hail was reported in some areas.

Bonita Harris with Virginia Dominion Power reported at about 5:00 that 118,000 customers were without power.  Most of those outages were in southside Hampton Roads. By 8pm, the utilities website was showing 160,000 customers without power in Southeast Virginia.

In Virginia Beach, five people were taken to the hospital when high winds blew a pole vault mat onto  them at Landstown High School. One person's injuries were described as serious, three others as moderate, and one as minor.  Officials said the injured people were adults who were at the school watching a baseball game.

Suffolk Damage Reports

Wilroy Road in Suffolk is expected to be closed at the 1500 block in both directions until 10:00 a.m. Wednesday due to downed power lines.

Two homes in the 4200 block of Dayle Acres Rd. in Suffolk were declared uninhabitable by city officials due to storm damage.

According to Suffolk spokeswoman Debbie George, emergency responders believe a tornado touched down in the area, although confirmation of a tornado would come from the National Weather Service.

Suffolk police say they have received 8 reports of trees fallen on houses, and numerous reports of power lines blocking roadways.

Suffolk also reported trees into houses on 4th Street, Murphy's Mill Road, Ronald Drive, and Roland St.

Trees and wires fell into a home on Butler Ave. and a tree fell into a garage on Maryland Avenue.

The Long John Silver's restaurant on Main St. in Suffolk was evacuated when a nearby transformer blew.

Other damage reports in Suffolk included downed trees and power lines, and someone was injured after falling off a roof on Pasture Cove.

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