TAPPAHANNOCK, VA (WWBT) - Tappahannock continues to clean up and rebuild after tornadoes devastated the area earlier this week.
For the first time, the media is getting a look at the destruction on Kino Road, where multiple people were injured on this road, including entire families. Several people living there are related to Chris Taylor. He says the tornado picked up his brother and threw him across the street.
"He said when he came to, he was on the other side of the street and couldn't find anybody," says Taylor. He is now looking through the debris of his brother's home trying to find baby clothes, because his brother's six-month-old son was also injured.
"They had him in a neck brace," said Taylor. The child has since been released from the hospital. The baby's mother will need several surgeries. "She broke her neck, they got to put pins in her neck and her hand."
The EF-3 tornado in Tappahannock cut a 28-mile path of destruction with winds up to 140 miles per hour. Crews are working around the clock to restore power to the area. Right now, this family says it's still too early to tell what they need exactly.
"Obviously, they need everything," says Taylor.
And that's where the community is coming in. At the old Southern States building, there has been a steady stream of people donating items, their time, even money for the people affected by the tornadoes.
Help is also coming from across the state. The Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office donated multiple pallets of water to the donation center and people are giving their time.
"I brought my son here and I just want to help out my community that means so much to me," says Lorraine Justice, a volunteer.
Volunteers are needed to help with clean up including tree removal. Anyone interested in helping can meet at the Tappahannock Volunteer Fire Department on Airport Road on Saturday. Call 804-443-0658 for more information.
On Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Red Cross will be meeting with those displaced by the storm at the Old Beale Memorial church (202 South Church Lane). There will be a number of resources available including help with DMV documents, handing out supplies, etc.
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