Tornado touched down in Chesapeake Thursday afternoon, NWS confirms

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At least 17 tornadoes struck Louisiana during a severe weather outbreak that began Sunday and ended Monday, the National Weather Service said.

Congress has sent to President Trump HR-353, a bill authorizing a number of programs to enhance federal government weather forecasting while requiring greater oversight of contractors by the National Weather Service. Several buildings were damaged by a confirmed EF-0 tornado that impacted Antreville, Anderson County, South Carolina yesterday, Thursday April 6, with estimated wind speeds of around 80 miles per hour (130 mk/hr). No injuries were reported.

Another EF-0 tornado was confirmed near Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the District of Columbia.

As far as Virginia Beach, which saw about 20 homes in Sandbridge damaged Thursday, Zimmerman said the center will survey the area Friday.

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Information about storm safety is available from the Rapid City National Weather Service web site:, county emergency management or homeland security offices, and the American Red Cross.

Less than a mile away on Stanton Road, fire officials helped residents last night who were displaced after winds blew the roof off an apartment building.

"We are still getting an inventory of damage", says Terrance McGregor, chief of Emergency Services.

After the system moves through, winds out of the northwest will increase Thursday into Friday, especially in the higher elevations.