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Tornado Tears Through Eastern Shore Campground; At Least Two Dead

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A severe storm slammed the Eastern Shore Thursday morning, barelling through Cherrystone Campground. 2 died and at least 20 were injured. (Photo: VDEM) A severe storm slammed the Eastern Shore Thursday morning, barelling through Cherrystone Campground. 2 died and at least 20 were injured. (Photo: VDEM)
EASTERN SHORE, Va. (WRIC) - -

Virginia State Police confirm that at least two people have died after a tornado ripped through an Eastern Shore campground Thursday morning.

Severe weather slammed the Eastern Shore early Thursday; the Cherrystone Campground was in the path of a tornado. Two people died in the storms and at least 31 were injured.

The National Weather Service confirmed Thursday afternoon the storm spawned an EF-1 tornado. A tweet from the National Weather Service in Wakefield (@NWSWakefieldVA) read:

"Preliminary data from the storm survey team in Northampton County indicates both tornadic and straight line wind/hail damage."

The two people who died int he fire were 38-year-old Lord Balatbat and 38-year-old Lolabeth Ortega. They were a married couple from Jersey City, New Jersey.

Their 13-year-old son was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries, confirmed VSP spokesperson Corinne Geller. He remains in grave condition.

Shortly before 9 a.m., Virginia State Police reported seeing numerous downed trees at the campground and power lines strewn across the roads.  Several campers were struck by fallen trees, and some campers and cars were overturned.

Those injured at the campground were transported by bus to a nearby school for shelter. State and local police continue to comb through the debris; the campground was closed for the rest of the day for cleanup.

A tweet from Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital representative Peter Glagola (@riversidePR) sent at 12:16 p.m. read:

"27 patients 1 critical sent to MCV 2 pediatric patients admitted 23 being treated in the emergency room 1 in surgery"

26 patients were admitted to Riverside; 22 went to emergency services and were released. One adult patient is in surgery and one child was admitted, as well. 

One critically injured adult was flown to MCV in Richmond; one child was flown to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk for treatment.

8News is headed to the scene...stay with us on air and online for updates.

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