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Storms Bring Tornado to Sandbridge and Flooding to Virginia Beach
2004 07 11

Flooding in southeastern Virginia Beach
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Monday thunderstorms brought a tornado sighting in the Sandbridge/Creeds area of Virginia Beach and flooding elsewhere in the city.

At least five small dams broke through the night as about 12 inches of rain fell, said Kevin Tuno, the county emergency management coordinator.

Possible tornado sighted in Virginia Beach
The National Weather Service said trained weather observers spotted the tornado around 1:38pm. A tornado warning was effect for the area until 2:15pm.

Virginia Beach police say what was sighted was a waterspout. Waterspouts are usually weak tornados occurring over water.

While WAVY News 10 received no reports of damage from the twister or waterspout, the area in and around Strawbridge experienced flooding due to Monday's heavy thunderstorms.

Officials say the areas of Lagomar, Upton Estate, and the Strawbridge area were flooded - specifically in the General Booth Boulevard area.

Police reported 18 inches of water at one point in the roadway in the area between Nimmo Parkway and Culver at Uptons.

Sandbridge Road - the only public road accessing Sandbridge Beach - was closed for a time Monday afternoon.

WAVY News 10 has learned the flooding may be partly blamed for a fire that destroyed a Sandbridge home. Apparently the flooding kept fire personnel from reaching the blaze in time to potentially save the structure.

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