VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) -- Severe storms caused heavy damage to portions of Hampton Roads Friday, displacing a number of people.
Initial assessment by emergency workers found 50 homes damaged in Virginia Beach. Twenty-five had moderate damage; 12 homes were condemned.
The Virginia Beach Fire Department said 32 were displaced as a result. The City of Virginia Beach says that citizens who had damage need to call their insurance company first, and then report their damage to 311. If they cannot get inside their homes, they need to call 311 to report it. If downed power lines are spotted, call 911.
13News Now Meteorologist Evan Stewart verified that the National Weather Service would have a crew in Virginia Beach Saturday to look at damage from the storm.
Latest damage assesment— VBFD (@VirginiaBeachFD) April 1, 2017
50 homes damaged 25 with moderate damage. 12 homes condemned.
Some of the heavier damage was in the Rock Creek and Salem Lakes communities and the broader Landstown area. Downed trees prompted public works crews to close Elbow Road to through traffic from Salem Road to Indian River Road while they worked to remove them.
One of the homes damaged by the storm belonged to a Virginia Beach Sheriff's deputy. A GoFundMe has been set up to help with damages:
In Chesapeake, the storm system dealt a devastating blow to Real Life Christian Church on Centerville Turnpike North, tearing down much of the building.
People off Cedar Road in the Grassfield area saw damage caused by winds. In one case, the strength of the wind caused issues after it lifted a trampoline into power lines.
Damage from severe storms in Hampton Roads on March 31, 2017