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Historic tornado outbreak in Richmond brings death, destruction

Historic tornado outbreak in Richmond brings death, destruction
Posted at 6:01 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-17 23:39:40-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Multiple tornadoes spun across the Richmond area Monday as the remnant of what was once Hurricane Florence traveled well to the west of Central Virginia.

"In my 11 years here, as the chief meteorologist at CBS 6, nothing really compares,” said chief meteorologist Zach Daniel.

There was at least one confirmed death during the tornado outbreak when a tornado destroyed a business at Hull Street Road and Speeks Drive in Chesterfield County.

Tornadoes also caused damage in the Hampton Park area of Chesterfield County and prompted schools to keep students after normal school hours. In some cases, school buses taking students home were diverted to nearby schools for student safety.

How Florence caused the tornado outbreak

The energy generated east of the tropic depression put us in the path of moderate wind shear. The shear, along with high humidity, spread strong storms that produced tornadoes and torrential afternoon rain.

The warnings started at about 10 a.m. Monday and continued through the afternoon.

The remains of Florence will travel north and out of the area Tuesday taking any significant weather with it.

This is a developing story. Witnesses can send news tips. photo, and video here.