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Two people dead, 36 injured after tornado rips through VA campground


Two people dead, 36 injured after tornado rips through VA campground

By Joyce Lupiani. CREATED Jul 25, 2014

Two people in Virginia were killed and dozens more injured on Thursday when a twister ripped through a campground near Chesapeake Bay in Cape Charles.

It happened at the Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort, which features swimming pools, mini-golf, pier fishing, crabbing and other activities. It is a popular camping site that sits on a peninsula between the Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

During the storm, a tree fell on a tent that was being shared by a married couple from Jersey City, New Jersey. Their 13-year-old son, who was in another tent, was severely injured. The couple's daughters, ages 12 and 7, were also hurt.

All three of the children are currently in the hospital, according to the children's grandfather.

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for the area at about the same time the deadly twister hit. The tornado was accompanied by heavy rain and hail. It was later classified as an EF1 tornado with winds between 80 and 100 mph.

According to ABC News/Associated Press, campers say they only had a few minutes to try to escape.

A total of 36 people were hurt during the storm, with injuries ranging from cuts and broken bones to more serious injuries. More than 1,300 people were registered at the campground when the tornado hit.

The couple has been identified as Lord Balatbat and Lolibeth Ortega, according to

The Coast Guard said that crews also responded to reports of boats overturned in the water in the area. Good Samaritans pulled at least three people from the water.

The storm also overturned a tractor-trailer on a nearby highway and knocked down dozens of trees and power lines around the region.

Joyce Lupiani

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Joyce Lupiani, who is based in Las Vegas at KTNV-TV Channel 13, is a contributor to