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UPDATED: One person dead in Halifax County

Weather Service confirms an EF-2 twister touched down

County officials report extensive property damage

Nathalie area hardest hit

April 27, 2011|Web Staff

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The National Weather Service confirms that Halifax County was hit by an EF-2 tornado last night.  The path was 350 yards wide.  The twister caused one death and eight injuries.  The maximum wind speed was 125 mph.  Preliminary reports have the tornado touching down near the intersection of Chatham Road and Sand Creek Road.  It was still on the ground near the intersection of State Route 603 and 626.

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Families are homeless in Halifax County after a possible deadly tornado touched down before nine last night.

One woman, Shirleen Howard, was killed and found lying on Liberty Road in the Nathalie area of the county. Several others were injured. This morning, Danny Stevens and his family look at their neighborhood that is destroyed. His home had broken windows and part of his roof was torn off.

At least three trailers were destroyed on that road.

The National Weather Service is out surveying damage to confirm a tornado touched down. All told, up to 30 homes were damaged.

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The National Weather Service says, besides the one death already reported, 7 people have significant injuries in Halifax Co. NWS also says between 20 and 30 homes are damaged.

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A shelter has been set up at the Mary Bethune Gym in Halifax.  At least 8 families are staying in the shelter.

A News 7 crew found lots of debris that appears to be from a home that was severely damaged or destroyed on Liberty Road.

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Everyone in Halifax County is accounted for and at least five homes have been destroyed.

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A family member has identified the person killed in Wednesday night's storm in Halifax County as Shirleen Howard.  She was 53 and lived in the Liberty Road area.

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Halifax Regional Hospital is reporting that 7 people have been injured in the storms in Halifax County. 

A hospital spokesperson says all 7 are in stable condition. 

News 7 has crews on the scene and will have updates as they become available. 

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If you have a missing persons report, please call (434) 476-3334. 

Authorities in Halifax County are asking residents to stay inside unless there is an emergency. 

If you need a shelter, one is available at the Mary Bethune Gym. 

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Authorities in Halifax County are reporting one fatality in the wake of severe weather Wednesday night. Halifax County Administrator George Nester told News 7 that one person has died, apparently as a result of the storm.

Nester said he believes the Nathalie area was among the hardest hit, with extensive property damage. He said some trees have fallen into area roads, and he is asking residents of the area to say at home, and avoid unnecessary travel.  He told News 7 emergency crews have responded and are now assessing the situation there.

Halifax Regional Hospital under a "code red" after a tornado reported in Volens. A spokesperson says 7 people were injured in the storm and enroute to the hospital. We don't know the extent of the injuries yet.

News 7 has a crew in the area, and we will update this story as more information becomes available on WDBJ7, and at www.wdbj7.com.

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