NATHALIE (AP) -- At least five people have been killed and more than 23,000 customers have no power in Virginia as deadly storms and tornadoes that swept across five states moved through the area. It was first reported that eight people had been killed.
13News meteorologist Evan Stewart reports that officials surveyed the damage and say it's consistent with an eF-1 tornado. It measured about 150 yards wide and five and a half miles long.
On Thursday morning, Gov. Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency in response to the deadly storms Wednesday and Thursday.
Halifax County Emergency Services Deputy Coordinator Chad Loftis said early Thursday that the body of a woman was found in a road there.
Officials say seven more were killed in Washington County when a possible tornado hit a truck stop and several mobile homes.
Severe storms that spawned possible tornadoes struck several areas including the counties of Goochland, Halifax, Shenandoah and Washington among others.
Shenandoah County emergency operations spokeswoman Mary Beth Price says storms early Thursday caused significant damage in the southwestern part of the county. Numerous roads are closed by high water and downed trees and power lines.
Price says one person was injured.
In Caroline County, a tornado hit the area late Wednesday, causing significant damage. A car was smashed by an uprooted tree and a tree fell on a home.
Thousands of customers of Appalachian Power and Dominion Virginia Power were without electricity.
In Lenoir, North Carolina, emergency management officials are reporting property damage, including a roof ripped off of a house near Lenoir, as those storms moved through the Carolinas.
No serious injuries have been reported.
Caldwell County spokeswoman LouAnne Kincade said several homes were damaged early Thursday near Lenoir. Trees and power lines fell. Several roads have been closed.
The violent storms that have killed more than 175 people in the South tracked northeast overnight. South Carolina emergency management officials reported no serious problems early Thursday.
Henderson, Transylvania, Macon and Burke counties all reported tornado sightings. Trees and power lines were reported down in those areas, as well as Caldwell, Guilford and Madison counties.
A tornado watch was in effect across much of the central Carolinas until noon.
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