Two tornadoes strike Suffolk, Virginia on Christmas Eve

The EF-1 tornadoes hit the city of Suffolk Virginia just before 11:30 on Thursday evening

Two tornadoes strike Suffolk, Virginia on Christmas Eve
Two tornadoes damaged houses in Suffolk, Virginia on Christmas Eve. (Source: WWBT)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Two tornadoes struck the City of Suffolk, Virginia on Christmas Eve, overturning a trailer and damaging several homes.

The first tornado touched down at 11:21 and was only on the ground for about one minute while traveling a third of a mile. In that short time, it produced winds up to 90 mph, significantly damaged a home, flipped over a large pick-up truck, and uprooted/snapped several large trees.

A second EF-1 tornado was spawned at 11:28pm by the same thunderstorm near Dutch Road in Suffolk. The tornado had winds up to 100 mph and caused significant damage to six homes along Dutch road, flipped a large trailer, and uprooted more trees. That tornado was on the ground for more than two miles and lifted three minutes later at 11:31.

These Christmas Eve tornadoes are a reminder that severe weather can strike at any time of year. Make sure to have a plan for what to do if severe weather threatens and download the NBC12 First Alert Weather app for alerts sent straight to your phone when storms threaten!

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