TAPPAHANNOCK, VA (WWBT) - At least 25 people were injured after apparent tornadoes ripped through Tappahannock on Wednesday.
"I thought the world was ending," said resident John Winder.
Among those trapped in their homes was an elderly couple who had to be extricated from a closet.
No fatalities have been reported, but a secondary search of the damaged areas is being planned on Thursday morning.
At least 30 buildings were damaged with 15 being completely destroyed, according to authorities. A church was also completely destroyed.
The National Weather Service will be working Thursday to confirm how many tornadoes hit the area. An initial storm path was between five to six miles long, according to Corey Beazley with the Central Virginia Incident Management Team.
Several roads and neighborhoods in the area remain closed to traffic Thursday due to downed lines, according to the Essex Sheriff's Office.
Power is expected to be restored in the afternoon to the hundreds of people who lost it during the storm.
Crews have a shelters open at Essex Intermediate School, 912 Intermediate School Circle, and First Baptist Church, 5340 Tidewater Trail in Loretto.
Essex County schools are closed Thursday.
At this time, officials say additional volunteers are not needed to assist in cleanup.
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