Three structures destroyed in Bedford County storm

Published: May. 27, 2022 at 10:12 AM EDT
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WATCH a Bedford County news conference about extensive damage in the Goode area from Friday morning’s storm:

GOODE, Va. (WDBJ) - The number of buildings damaged by a severe storm in Bedford County has been downgraded.

County officials say about 7:30 a.m. during a tornado warning issued for the area, several residential neighborhoods sustained “catastrophic structural damage” in the Crockett Road area of Goode in Bedford County. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says 15 structures sustained varying degrees of damage, with three of them destroyed. An earlier estimate from county officials put the number of damaged structures at 45.

Two minor injuries have been reported.

First responders have completed secondary searches of all structures that were impacted and have not found anyone. There have also been no reports of any missing people in the affected area, according to Bedford County. First responders are continuing to attempt to contact property owners by phone to assess the need for any resources.

National Weather Service officials say they will wait until Saturday to visit the scene to survey damage, because they don’t want to be in the way of emergency crews.

It will be up to the weather service to determine whether this was a tornado; county officials are so far referring to it as a “significant wind event.” A drone was used to survey the damage’s footprint, estimated at 2.4 acres.

Appalachian Power estimates people who lost power because of the Bedford storm should have power restored in 24 to 48 hours.

A temporary shelter at Bedford County Fire and Rescue’s Goode Station (9261 Forest Road) will remain open for residents who need assistance until 6 p.m. Friday. After that, residents can call 1-855-891-7325 to be connected with resources. If residents need bottled water or pre-made meals over the next 24 hours, they can call 540-586-7665 to be connected with assistance.

The American Red Cross is among the agencies standing by to assist.

Residents are asked to avoid the area. Bethany Church Circle is closed.

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