Severe Storms, Possible Tornadoes Cause Damage

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Damage near Elon in Amherst County
Credit Virginia State Police

Possible tornadoes caused significant damage and some injuries across southern and central Virginia Sunday evening.

Danville and Pittsylvania County were the first Virginia locations to see damage from Sunday's severe weather.  Danville's city manager declared a local emergency after  the storms caused significant damage in the Riverside Drive area and knocked out power to an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 homes.  A social media update from the city Sunday night said outages may last into Tuesday.

Storm damage near Elon in Amherst County
Credit Virginia State Police

As the storms moved north and east, another possible tornado hit the Lynchburg area.  Several businesses were damaged in the Timberlake Road area of Campbell County, just outside the city.  Virginia State Police reported heavy damage a little farther north in the Elon area of Amherst County. In a tweet Sunday evening, a state police spokesperson said several minor injuries had been reported but no deaths. 

Many schools in the Lynchburg area will be closed Monday.  The American Red Cross has opened a shelter at Monelison Middle School, 257 Trojan Road in Madison Heights.  Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg has also opened as a shelter, according to tweets from the Red Cross and the church's pastor.

Jeff Stern, state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, tweeted that State Police, Department of Forestry and VDEM resources were working to assist with damage in Craig County, Lynchburg, Danville and other locations.

Meteorologists from the National Weather Service will survey damage to determine if tornadoes were, indeed, the cause.

Earlier Sunday, severe storms and suspected tornadoes caused significant damage in Greensboro, North Carolina.  One person was killed there and a state of emergency was in effect Sunday night, according to the Associated Press.