Significant damage reported throughout Suffolk after tornado

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SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Damage was reported throughout Suffolk Tuesday after Tropical Storm Isaias and a related tornado ripped through the area overnight.

At least one tornado touched down Tuesday morning, including one in the 100 block of Saratoga Street in Downtown Suffolk just before 3:45 a.m. causing damage to multiple businesses and Fire Station 1 on Market Street.

Other areas hit by tornadoes included James City CountyCourtlandSuffolk and Gloucester County in Virginia, and Bertie County in North Carolina, where at least two people were killed by two tornadoes. No fatalities due to Isaias had been reported in Virginia as of Tuesday afternoon.

The back of the Knight Financial building at Saratoga and Washington streets had its wall completely blown off, and neighboring Brandon Furniture House was also heavily damaged.

The emergency shelter at King’s Fork High at 351 Kings Fork Road opened after the storm and remained open until 1 p.m. Tuesday. Officials said no citizens sought shelter or other assistance at that location.

Trees fell on homes on Cedar Street, West Constance Road, County Street and in the Riverview neighborhood. Trees are also down across multiple roadways in the area.

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