NEW INFORMATION: Tornado slams Virginia campground; 2 dead

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) -- Virginia State Police say a New Jersey couple was killed after a tornado caused a tree to fall on their tent at a popular campground.

State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller says Lord Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega, of Jersey City, New Jersey, were killed Thursday morning as a fierce storm ripped through the campground.

Geller says three dozen people were hurt, including the couple's 13-year-old son who was in a tent next to his parents. He has life-threatening injuries.

Geller says the National Weather Service confirmed the storm was a tornado.
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CAPE CHARLES, Va. (AP) -- Virginia State Police say two were killed and at least 20 injured when a fierce storm slammed a campground on the state's Eastern Shore.

Spokeswoman Corinne Geller confirmed the deaths and injuries early Thursday at the Cherrystone Family Camping & RV Resort in rural Northampton County.

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for the area that expired at 9 a.m. Thursday.

Volunteer firefighter Brittney Eder says she was at the campground ahead of the storm and described the sky as "jet black."


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