Capron storm damage assessed by lawmen

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 29, 2008

CAPRON—Southampton County deputies were checking on homes, businesses and residents around Capron at 5 p.m. Monday, after a strong storm reportedly produced a funnel cloud and minor damage to trees and roofs in the area.

The storm blew shingles from the tops of houses and tore the tops from trees, according to Detective Cpl. Richard Morris, spokesman for the Southampton County Sheriff’s Office. The storm also tossed an 8-foot utility trailer across a yard. Morris said no injuries had been reported as of 5 p.m.

The area had been under a severe thunderstorm warning as a line of strong, fast-moving storms crossed from the southwest to the northeast as they moved across Southside Virginia and Hampton Roads.

News reports indicated at least three tornadoes had been identified on radar. Local networks showed video images of one tornado and of the destruction it left in its wake near Obici Hospital in Suffolk.

In Capron, Morris said, a resident saw a funnel cloud and called the Sheriff’s Office, which sent deputies to check on the safety of residents.

The Capron damage was reported in the Pinopolis Road area and near Capron Elementary School.