Deadly tornado caught on camera as it rips through Virginia warehouse

Cheryl Kahla
Sep 19, 2018
06:11 P.M.
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A tornado in Richmond left devastation in its wake and caused damages amounting to thousands of dollars to buildings on Hull Street in Midlothian.


Shocking footage recorded by John Guth was uploaded to the WSLS10's YouTube channel and showed Hurricane Florence ripping the roof off a building.

Read more on our Twitter account, @amomama_usa. The footage can be viewed below.

The tornado was also responsible for the structural collapse on Speeks Drive and one employee of the Old Dominion Floor lost his life.


Emergency personnel arrived on scene and pronounced the employee dead. The manager confirmed that all other employees were safe and accounted for.

The deceased's name had not yet been released as authorities still need to inform his family and loved ones.

Roads were closed as power lines and tree stumps littered the area and power outages were reported across all counties.


The Victorian Square Shopping enter in Birkdale, Hampton Park, and buildings along Beaver Bridge Road also didn't escape the tornado's wrath.

Hurricane Florence has thus far claimed the lives of more 40 people from three states, with 25 deaths reported in North Carolina alone.


All damaged buildings in the area were closed for repairs but have since reopened. The National Weather Service said in a statement:

"While what was Hurricane Florence has weakened to a post-tropical cyclone, it still maintains a threat for localized heavy rainfall as it shifts into New England today."


Even though the tornado has moved and clouds gave way to sunshine again, residents are warned that it would take several days for the waters to subside.

Residents from the devasted areas are urged to remain at safe locations and not return home just yet as entire neighborhoods are still submerged under flood water.


It is estimated that more than 1.7 million chickens from Sanderson Farms have perished in the storms as well after 60 broiler houses were flooded.

Management confirmed that no employees were harmed or killed during the storms.

Tips for preparing for a hurricane can be found here.

In other news, two mental health patients from South Carolina lost their lives when a van they were traveling in was swept off the road by flood waters.

Rescue workers tried to free the two female victims from the vehicle but to no avail. The deputies could be freed, but the patients were trapped.

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