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Deadly Tornado Ravages Eastern Shore Campground

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A tornado ripped through a campground on the Eastern Shore of Virginia Thursday morning. Two people are dead and more than 30 are injured.

The tornado made its way through the Cherrystone Campground, causing significant damage to everything in its path.

Two people are dead and 36 are hurt, some with life-threatening injuries. More than 1,000 people were camping at the time and all have now been accounted for.

It all happened between 8:25 and 8:40 Thursday morning. The tornado reached speeds of 80 to 100 mph, downing trees and flipping campers. The two people killed after a tree fell on their tent were a husband and wife from New Jersey. Their 13-year-old son was in a different tent and is still in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

One Charlottesville man on vacation with his family heard the cries for help just after the tree fell. Roswell Henderson said, "The loudest screams came from over near the tenting area and I ran over there and saw a tree laying across a tent with people in it.”

Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller says most of the damage is limited to the campground. People were let back into the campground just after 6 p.m.

The Red Cross is working to help and offer support for the victims.

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