UPDATETuesday 4:30 AM- The National Weather Service has confirmed that straight line winds caused damage in Capron, Courtland and other areas of Southampton County. This despite original reports of a'confirmed tornado' by Virginia State Police.
SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY -- Significant damage was reported in Southampton County Thursday after a possible tornado touched down in Capron around 1:15 p.m., according to State Police.
When the storm came through Courtland, one resident said it was like a wall of darkness was approaching his house.
'By the time we got huddled in the closet it sounded like the wall was being taken away it was just shaking, all we did was just sit down and held on to each other and prayed,' Wendall Lowe said.
The storm brought hail to parts of Courtland and when it passed, it uprooted trees, blocked roads in some areas and downed power lines.
'I didn't know what to do. I was scared to death. I thought the whole house was going away.'
A roof was damaged on the barn used by Central Virginia Horse Rescue. The organization was caring for 10 rescued horses on this property.
'The wind has taken the whole back side of the barn and peeled it up like a tin can. None of the horses are injured thankfully,' Belinda Taylor said.
The horses had to be moved to a safer location. Debris, lumber and nails in the field makes it unsafe for them to be in the pasture.
Route 58 westbound was shut down but has reopened after VDOT crews cleared debris. Route 652 flooded and remains closed because of debris, trees and disabled vehicles on the roadway.
VSP called out more troopers to help with the storm and assist VDOT in cleaning up roadways, Anaya said.
Southampton County spokesman Major G.H. Drewery said trees are down on a home near Drewryville. Nobody was injured, he said. He expects power to be out in the western area of the county until at least tomorrow because of more than 10 broken power poles.
Debris may be covering damaged utilities or infrastructure, creating unsafe conditions. Report any road debris or hazardous conditions to VDOT by calling 1-800-FOR-ROAD.