NJ couple identified as victims of Virginia tornado - WNEM TV 5

NJ couple identified as victims of Virginia tornado

Posted: Updated:
(Source: Joe Buttner) (Source: Joe Buttner)
(Source: Joe Buttner) (Source: Joe Buttner)
CHERITON, VA (WWBT/AP) -

A New Jersey couple was identified as the victims of a tornado that hit the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Northampton.

Lord Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega, both 38, were killed, state police said. Their 13-year-old son has life-threatening injuries. 

The tornado touched down at the campground on the Chesapeake Bay on Thursday morning killing at least two people and injuring 31.

The National Weather Service believes the tornado was an EF1 based on the preliminary investigation, which means winds were between 86 and 110 miles per hour.

The Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in rural Northampton County has been evacuated as crews clean up from the massive damage, according to the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. 

Northampton officials declared a local emergency saying the county is "facing a condition of extreme peril." A National Weather Service storm team is headed to the area to survey the damage.

One patient was flown to VCU Medical Center in Richmond from Riverside Regional Medical Center, a spokesperson for the Newport News facility said. Peter Glagola described the patient as "very critical."

Riverside Regional also treated 26 others. Another patient was taken to Sentara Virginia Beach General, and two others were taken to Sentara Norfolk General, according to WAVY

Officials have not released any details about the identities of the victims at this point.

Police said 1,328 campers and 40 staff members were at the campground when the tornado hit. State Police say trees crashed onto several campers, causing some to overturn. Troopers also found numerous downed trees and power lines across roads.

Around 150 to 175 people lost their shelter and are being bussed to a nearby school for shelter, while authorities search the site for any additional injured persons. 

"My public safety team and I are continuing to monitor and respond to the situation on the Eastern Shore following today's severe weather event," said Governor Terry McAuliffe.
"We are all saddened by the reports of injuries and lives lost in this storm and will continue to offer our thoughts and prayers to the Virginia families who were affected, along with whatever support is necessary to help these communities move forward."

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for the area that expired at 9 a.m. Residents in Cheriton began calling State Police with reports of severe damage. One teen posted a video to YouTube, showing hail falling in the area during the storm.

While the National Weather Services hasn't confirmed a tornado, NBC12 meteorologist Andrew Freiden says the radar signature plus images of damage strongly points to this being a tornado.

The campsite on the Delmarva Peninsula sits on 300 acres and has been open for 50 years. It includes 725 sites including cabins, cottages, and deluxe campers. 

Copyright 2014 WWBT NBC12/AP. All rights reserved

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Tree Cutting Service In Stafford VA Receives Five Star Review

    Tree Cutting Service In Stafford VA Receives Five Star Review

    July 06, 2017 – – Genesis Tree Service Stafford, a tree removal company in Stafford, VA, has announced that they have received a 5 star review on Google Maps. The company has just recently announced...More >
    July 06, 2017 – – Genesis Tree Service Stafford, a tree removal company in Stafford, VA, has announced that they have received a 5 star review on Google Maps. The company has just recently announced expansion...More >
  • Victim identified in deadly triple stabbing in Richmond

    Victim identified in deadly triple stabbing in Richmond

    Sunday, July 23 2017 12:33 PM EDT2017-07-23 16:33:05 GMT

           Richmond police are working a death investigation after three women are stabbed overnight in the city's northside.        The stabbing happened just after midnight in the 3500 block of North Avenue.        Police aren't telling us much -- but can confirm three women were stabbed, and one of them died from their injuries.       As for the other two victims -- on...

    More >

           Richmond police are working a death investigation after three women are stabbed overnight in the city's northside.        The stabbing happened just after midnight in the 3500 block of North Avenue.        Police aren't telling us much -- but can confirm three women were stabbed, and one of them died from their injuries.       As for the other two victims -- on...

    More >
  • Criminals use undetectable "Shimmers" in new credit card scam

    Criminals use undetectable "Shimmers" in new credit card scam

    Wednesday, July 19 2017 6:24 PM EDT2017-07-19 22:24:04 GMT
    (Pixabay)(Pixabay)

    The BBB is warning credit and debit card users about how scammers looking to gain access to your information. 

    More >

    The BBB is warning credit and debit card users about how scammers looking to gain access to your information. 

    More >
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • UPDATE: Teen not hurt in Saginaw hit-and-run

    UPDATE: Teen not hurt in Saginaw hit-and-run

    Monday, July 24 2017 6:47 AM EDT2017-07-24 10:47:22 GMT
    Source: WNEMSource: WNEM

    Saginaw Police Department said an 18-year-old was riding his bike when he was hit by a car at the intersection of Davenport and Durand. 

    More >

    Saginaw Police Department said an 18-year-old was riding his bike when he was hit by a car at the intersection of Davenport and Durand. 

    More >
  • Houston man ordered to pay child support for kid that’s not his

    Houston man ordered to pay child support for kid that’s not his

    Monday, July 24 2017 3:36 AM EDT2017-07-24 07:36:06 GMT
    Stock PhotoStock Photo

    A Texas man is fighting a court order that requires him to pay $65,000 in child support for a girl he did not biologically father.

    More >

    A Texas man is fighting a court order that requires him to pay $65,000 in child support for a girl he did not biologically father.

    More >
  • 7-Eleven stays open after van hits building

    7-Eleven stays open after van hits building

    Monday, July 24 2017 5:12 AM EDT2017-07-24 09:12:59 GMT

    Developing tonight, one local store had a rough morning after a mini-van drove right into it. It happened at the 7-11 on the corner of Columbus and South Bernie Street in Bay City.

    More >

    Developing tonight, one local store had a rough morning after a mini-van drove right into it. It happened at the 7-11 on the corner of Columbus and South Bernie Street in Bay City.

    More >
Powered by Frankly
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.