EF-1 Tornado leaves trail of damage in Lancaster County

LANCASTER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The National Weather Service confirmed that a EF-1 tornado producing winds up to 90 mph touched down in Lancaster County near Irvington on Thursday.

The storm left a trail of damage throughout the Northern Neck, most notably in the towns of Irvington and Kilmarnock.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management said the storm, which touched down shortly after 12 p.m., impacted 45 structures in the area and caused $2.5 in residential damage and roughly $200,000 in commercial damage.

(Photo: Dominion Virginia Power)

Bon Secours Rappahannock General Hospital in Kilmarnock suffered minor damage and was temporarily only accepting patients with life-threatening injuries. Some patients were also relocated to other area hospitals.

In a statement, Bon Secours stated that there were no reported injuries. The hospital has full power and is no longer diverting patients to other medical facilities in the area. Phone service is also fully functional at the hospital.

The release added that the building is structurally sound and that patient care was not compromised at any time.

An official with the Lancaster County Emergency Services said that other homes and buildings in Lancaster County were also damaged, but did not provide any further details.

(Photos courtesy 8News viewer Connie Henderson)


Siding and tree damage at Rowes Point.
Tree damage along King Carter Dr. and White Fence Dr.

Another area hit hard by Thursday’s storms on the Northern Neck was the Town of Irvington.

8News crews’ reported seeing significant damage to homes and docks.

In neighboring Northumberland County, which shares parts of Kilmarnock with Lancaster County, an official reported minimal damage but said there were power outages.

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