DELTAVILLE ——A twister that barreled across Middlesex County between the Piankatank and Rappahannock rivers Saturday evening caused $6 million in damage and struck 95 homes.
Of the 95 homes damaged, 30 are condemned and beyond repair, said Middlesex County Supervisor Carlton Revere. But the tornado that packed winds up to 135 miles per hour caused no deaths or injuries.
Power was expected to be restored to all homes on Monday night.
Monday throughout the day, state crews and private contractors were removing trees, limbs, sections of homes and other debris strewn about the Deltaville area.
The preliminary damage estimate does not include vehicles, boats or other personal property, Revere said. That figure is surely to climb once those items are included.
Across Deltaville, dozens of vehicles were damaged by the tornado, many with all the windows appearing to have been shot out by shotgun blasts.
The American Red Cross is assisting several families displaced by the tornado, Revere said. One family remains in their home, though county officials are urging them to leave.
"They're not going to have electricity," Revere said. "It's unsafe."
Middlesex Sheriff Guy Abbott said a curfew in Deltaville is in force from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., although that may be lifted Tuesday night.
"Hopefully this will be the last night," Revere said Monday afternoon.
In addition to the American Red Cross services, Operation Blessing from Virginia Beach has been providing meals and food to families in the Deltaville area, Revere said.
The first 911 call from the tornado was received at approximately 7:30 p.m. on Saturday night, Revere said.
Volunteers from the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department combed through debris and wrecked homes until 3 a.m. Sunday morning searching for injured survivors.
"They searched with dogs because we were certain, due to the damage, that there had to be some seriously hurt," Revere said.
The only serious injury, however, occurred earlier in the evening when a woman in another part of the county on Warner Road was injured when a tree fell on her mobile home and split it in half, Abbott said. He was unsure if the woman remains hospitalized.
County officials and volunteer firefighters remain amazed at stories trickling in of debris from the storm that traveled great distances. A bus manual from Page Middle School in Gloucester was found in a yard in the Wake area of Middlesex, they said, and a hymnal book from Zoar Baptist Church in Deltaville was found in Reedville.