UPDATE: EF-3 Tornado strikes Virginia Beach Sunday, damaging 115 homes
The tornado struck 5:48pm Sunday
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WWBT) - UPDATE: The National Weather Service Report is out, confirming the tornado that struck Virginia Beach was an EF-3 with 145mph winds. The tornado was on the ground for 4.5 miles and lasted five minutes from 5:48 p.m. until 5:53 p.m.
The tornado damaged 115 homes in its path according to the City of Virginia Beach. There are no confirmed reports of injuries or deaths!
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Radar showed a debris signature around 5:50 to 6 p.m. Sunday as the tornado started lofting debris high into the air, confirming a tornado was in progress.
Jen and Scott Toppel took photos and a video as the tornado developed near their home in Virginia Beach. Most of the damage from the tornado was in the Great Neck and River Road area of Virginia Beach, according to Virginia Beach officials.
The ingredients for a tornadic storm with warm, humid air, and a low pressure center bringing wind shear (changing of wind direction with height) all came together in southeastern Virginia on Sunday. The tornado in Virginia Beach was the only reported tornado in the Commonwealth on Sunday.
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