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UPDATED: Henry County inspectors say hundreds of homes damaged by storms

Meteorologists are not yet sure if the damage was caused by a tornado.

April 05, 2011
Mike Carter

HENRY COUNTY, Va. — Henry County Public Safety Director, Dale Wagoner, says hundreds of homes in his county have minor damage such as missing roof tiles or underpinnings ripped away.  About 8 to 10 homes have substantial damage which will cost more than 10-thousand dollars to repair.  One of the farms, Martin Stables, on Mountain Mist Road  suffered more than 800-thousand dollars damage. The owner says the storm destroyed two buildings and severely damaged two others.

National Weather Service meteorologists are not yet sure if the damage in Henry County was caused by a tornado.  Officials are waiting to evaluate photos taken by emergency managers.  They say that evaluation may not be complete until late in the day.  In the meantime, National Weather Service meteorologists have confirmed that a tornado touched down in Surry County, North Carolina.

The National Weather Service has taken many reports of trees down in Pittsylvania and Halifax counties. Pittsylvania County emergency managers report no major damage or injuries. 

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The chief of the Horsepasture Volunteer Fire Department says his crews have seen damage to numerous homes and helped clear a lot of downed trees.  Charlie Bradshaw says he is not aware of any injuries that have been reported.

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News-7 crews in Henry County have spotted numerous trees down in the Spencer area.  Emergency crews are using heavy equipment to push broken trees and limbs off roads north of the Blue Ridge Airport in Spencer.

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The strong storms that sped through the Western and Central Virginia overnight did some damage.

The National Weather Service says it has received some reports of trees down in the Fieldale and Oak Level areas of Henry County.

A trained weather spotter recorded a 74 mile-per-hour  wind gust in Vinton.  Some trees were knocked down there as well.

In Patrick County, there were reports of one-inch diameter hail.

News-7 has crews in Henry County.  Watch News-7 Tuesday morning and check back here for more information.

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