Tornado confirmed by National Weather Service

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The National Weather Service confirmed the presence of an EF1 tornado in the Richmond area Wednesday night, a single tornado that skipped around and touched down occasionally as it progressed east.

It's not easy to get into your home when you have enormous oak trees blocking the path to your front door. So, chainsaws are popular on Fenwick Street where a tornado tore through just one day ago.

It may be the fall season, but there's a lot more wood on the ground, than leaves.

"If anybody needs firewood or anybody wants to come and get some lumber, please, I've got more than you could probably ever use," said resident John Stone.

Stone lost several trees and his neighbors lost even more. An unlucky street in the fateful path of a tornado.

"You can look 50, 100 yards away from where we are and you can find no evidence that tornadoes, or any sort of strong winds occurred. That's pretty classic for tornadoes," said Bill Sammler of the National Weather Service.

Sixty-three homes reported some type of damage. Three were determined to be unlivable. One even sparked a small kitchen fire because the appliances were left unchecked.

"The power went off, the storm came through, the stove was left on, the power got re-energized, the stove became hot again," said Capt. Chris Buehren of the Henrico Fire/EMS.

There were no injuries, only property damage. County estimators have yet to put a dollar figure on it. That work continues this evening.

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