Lanexa in New Kent hit by EF-0 tornado; localities recover from Tropical Storm Michael

aluck@tidewaterreview.com

All Tidewater localities were left with flooded roads, fallen trees and debris thanks to Tropical Storm Michael.

New Kent, King William, West Point and King and Queen all had tornado warnings and flash flood warnings issued Thursday.

In New Kent, a EF-0 tornado went through an 1.8 mile stretch of Lanexa, from Colony Trail to Waterside Drive, at about 7 p.m. Thursday night, according to National Weather Service.

National Weather Service made the discovery Friday, and officials said the tornado had a wind speed of 75 mph.

EF-0 tornadoes typically do minor damage, such as peeling shingles off roofs, pushing shallow rooted trees over, damaging house siding and carrying branches off trees, according to National Weather Service.

New Kent Fire-Rescue Chief Rick Opett said six residents reported damage to their homes from the tornado brought on by Tropical Storm Michael.

“We were out there with National Weather Service on Saturday,” Opett said. “They said the tornado quickly touched down on the ground and came right back up.”

The small stretch of The Colonies neighborhood where the tornado hit was almost completely cleared, with minor debris and tree limbs remaining on the side of the road Monday afternoon.

Residents across the area lost power Thursday night, with some not getting it back until the weekend.

All area school divisions were closed Friday. King and Queen remained closed Monday, as many county roads were still flooded. Superintendent Carol Carter said the division had alternate bus routes for the school day Tuesday.

Two roads in King William and several in King and Queen counties remained closed Tuesday morning due to wash out from storm water, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.

At about 9:45 a.m. Tuesday, two residents were still without power in King William. Three residents in New Kent and one resident in King and Queen also were without power.

Luck can be reached at 757-291-2038, aluck@tidewaterreview.com or @arluck on Twitter

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