2 dead, dozens hurt after storm at US campground


CAPE CHARLES, Virginia–A fierce storm packing powerful winds, large hail and rain killed two people and injured about three dozen as it flipped recreational vehicles at a U.S. campground Thursday, officials said.

A tree fell on a couple’s tent, killing them, and their 13-year-old son in a tent next to them suffered life-threatening injuries. Injuries to others ranged from cuts to broken bones to more serious, Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

The storm slammed into the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in Virginia on Thursday morning. About 1,300 people were there when the storm hit, according to the state Emergency Management Department.

“All hell broke loose,” said Joe Colony, who has been coming to the campground for 30 years. “We got an emergency message on a cellphone and within 30 seconds, the thing hit.”

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for the area.

Joe Micucci said he and his wife couldn’t escape in their car because of the hail, so they waited out the storm in their camper. He said he felt fortunate they weren’t hurt.

“We saw at least five (campers) that were flipped over. One was completely gone and only had its wheels left,” said Micucci.

Coast Guard spokesman Petty Officer 3rd Class David Weydert said crews also were responding to reports of boats overturned. At least three people were pulled from the water, he said, though their conditions were unknown.