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By Preston Knight -- firstname.lastname@example.org
MT. JACKSON -- National Weather Service officials were inspecting damage in southern Shenandoah County Thursday morning, where an apparent tornado touched down hours earlier and caused severe damage.
The worst damage appears to be in a neighborhood called Shenandoah Ski and Hunt subdivision and on a large farm on Kelly Road owned by 82-year-old Donal Shamburg.
Six homes sustained major damage and 10 sustained minor damage, mostly from fallen trees, in the subdivision, according to John Collins, public information officer for the Shenandoah Fire and Rescue Department.
One injury was reported in the county, but Collins could not identify the victim and had no details about the injuries.
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management was conducting a fly-over of the area late Thursday morning to inspect the damage.
Emergency officials set up a command post at Mt. Hermon United Methodist Church at 3821 Orkney Grade Road, where operations were being coordinated.
Charlie Kibler, 54, Shamburg's son-in-law said he was awed by the severity of the damage on the farm.
"You see it on TV but you don't know how bad it is until you look at it," Kibler said.
Damage was reported elsewhere in the county as well.
In the Edinburg area, meanwhile, Water Street was living up to its name. The road was closed at the north end near Walnut Street, with water flowing over it and into a muddy and swollen Stoney Creek.
The Palmyra Road bridge over Stoney Creek was closed with some water lapping over top of it.
Debris, mostly tree limbs, was stopped up at the bridge's east side, with a log bobbing against the concrete bridge. The creek was flowing fast and wide near the campground and along the part of the creek running beside Stoney Creek Road.
Parts of South Ox Road saw fields on either side turned into wetlands with standing water.
Minor damage was reported to homes and businesses across the county.
In Strasburg, the roof of the Borden Lumber Company was damaged, and at least one home on Ridge Hollow Road in Edinburg sustained damage from a fallen tree.
Earlier Thursday, a local emergency was declared in the county due to the severe storms, according to Mary T. Price, assistant county administrator.
Price said in a press release this morning that there were reports of tornadoes in Mt. Jackson, Edinburg, Basye and Conicville, though not all reports have been confirmed.
"There is significant damage in the Basye area due to a tornado," according to the press release. "Four poultry houses have been destroyed."
While shelter staff and volunteers are on standby, Price reports there has been no need for shelter at this time.
At one point, 3,947 county residents were without power. About 600 customers were still without power in the early afternoon, according to a news release from Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative.
Shenandoah County Public Schools are closed today and motorists are advised to travel with care due to downed tree limbs and water on the roads. Many roads are closed.
Roads closed due to debris include:
- Crooked Run Road
- Fravel Road
- Pepper Road
- Barbershop Road
- Senedo Road
- Wolf Gap Road
- Orkney Grade
- Ridge Hollow Road
- Back Rd @ Sherman Road
- Orkney Grade (multiple locations)
- Alonzaville Road
- Lutz Hollow Road
- Cave Ridge Road
- Capon Road
- Supinlick Ridge Road
- Helsley Road
- Copp Road
- Kell Road
- Jess Sine Road
- St. Luke Road
- Copp Road
- Barbershop Road
- Walkers Chapel Road
- Morningstar Road
- East Spring Street
- South Water Street
- Mill Road