Tornado storms through eastern Virginia, killing 3

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A picture of the ominous twister spinning through Evergreen, Virginia on Wednesday afternoon.  Photo: Jason Smith

According to CNN.com, a lethal tornado touched down in Evergreen, Virginia on Wednesday afternoon, killing at least three people.  The storm system also delivered deadly tornados in Mississippi and Louisiana on Tuesday, where three people were found dead and dozens were injured, according to authorities.

The powerful storm brought down power lines, trees, and destroyed homes. According to Virginia State Police, two men and a 2-year-old boy were found dead after the twister obliterated their mobile home.  The funnel sent the three about 300 yards away from their home.

“It was the most saddest thing I’ve ever seen,” said former Waverly mayor Barbara Gray. “You couldn’t help but shed tears, especially when you heard that three people lost their lives.”

The same storm that crushed Evergreen, Virginia then hit parts of Washington D.C., causing more than 25,000 homes and businesses to lose power for a brief period of time.  At least 88 million people along the East Coast were at some sort of risk of severe weather Wednesday, according to the Storm Prediction Center.  While tornados pummeled the East Coast, the Midwest received heavy snow and winds, resulting in school closings in numerous states and flight cancelations at Chicago airports.   

Click here for: photos of the damage down south 

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