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Tornado hits Virginia, kills 2, ruins crops

By BRUCE HOTCKSISS
Senior Editor

MACHIPONGO, Va. (Aug. 5, 2014) — It was a little before 9 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, when Ursula Deitch entered her office here. She is the Northampton County ag agent for the Virginia Cooperative Extension.
As she began to busy herself and prepare for the day ahead, the weather outside quite suddenly changed.
“It got awfully dark,” she remembered. “It was almost black, it was very scary.”
About 10 miles from Machipongo, a tornado had ripped through the Cherrystone Family Camping and RV Resort.
And soon, it would be learned that a New Jersey couple had been killed when a tree fell on their tent, and their son had been critically injured.
Three dozen people were injured and transported to area hospitals, Corrine Gellar, a Virginia State Police spokeswoman, said.
More than 1,300 vacationers and staff were at the campground when the storm hit; all were accounted for.
Outside the campground, the tornado caused “significant crop damage,” Deitch said.
About 2,000 acres of corn, soybeans and cotton were destroyed.
A local farmer said of his cotton field, “it was just a lot of barren stalks sitting up across the field.”