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Minor damage reported in Va twisters

Local residents spent the weekend picking up the pieces following three small tornadoes that hit their community.

BY MONICA OLIVAS | BALTIMORE | July 20, 2009

Virginia residents were picking up tree limbs and repairing other damage this weekend after three relatively weak tornadoes hit portions of Campbell and Pittsylvania Counties Friday afternoon.

The National Weather service reported that the tornado that struck Campbell County was an EF-0.

According to Daisy Pridgen, a representative from the Dominion Energy Company, 3,300 people were without power on Friday but all of the power was restored by 4:30 pm Saturday.

The residents affected seem to be relatively confined to a small population of the area, according to Terry Raines of the Virginia Baptist Mission Board and president of the Virginia National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).

Meanwhile, the National Hurricane Center in Miami, FL, is watching a tropical wave in the Lesser Antilles. Heavy rainfall and gusty winds are expected to affect the area for the next 24 hours. However, the National Hurricane Center predicts there is less than a 30 percent chance of this storm becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours.


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