UPDATED Sunday morning, April 23

Colonial Beach, VA –    A Richmond television station reports that the National Weather Service said straight line winds, and not a tornado, caused a path of destruction that damaged homes and downed power lines in Colonial Beach in Westmoreland County Friday evening, April 21. In a preliminary report released Saturday, the National Weather Service confirmed straight line winds with maximum winds of 70 to 75 mph hit from 7:20 to 7:30 p.m.

Damage is still being assessed in the Potomac-side town and the Virginia Red Cross is assisting about 30 residents. Dominion has restored power in the area. Charles County’s Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services division sent personnel and vehicles to the area Friday night to aid in the recovery.

UPDATE Saturday morning, April 22

Colonial Beach, VA – A Richmond television station confirms that the Virginia Red Cross is assisting approximately 30 Colonial Beach residents in the wake of a severe storm–possibly a tornado–that clobbered the Potomac-side town around 8 p.m. Friday evening, April 21. No injuries have been reported.

Charles County Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services has sent personnel and equipment to Colonial Beach to aid in the recovery effort.

A survey team will officially determine if a tornado or straight line winds caused the damage. A Facebook page called Colonial Beach Weather reported that several town residents observed rotation prior to the storm. Weather experts consider Colonial Beach an area that is highly vulnerable to tornadoes.

Colonial Beach, VA  – Charles County authorities are coming to the aid of residents in Colonial Beach, VA, a waterfront community located across the Potomac River.

On Friday, April 21 the town, which is located across from Cobb Island, was hit by an early-evening tornado. Various emergency personnel sources in the Westmoreland County town confirm that there is heavy damage to the town, residences, streets and several waterfront amenities. The town is also without power.

There have been no confirmed reports of serious injuries at this time. Emergency crews have been canvassing residences to check on the welfare of citizens.

Reports from Charles County indicate that approximately eight emergency vehicles have been dispatched, traveling via US 301, to aid the ravaged town.

A Facebook page, Colonial Beach Weather, did report around 8 p.m. that a tornado hit an area called The Point and the subdivision of Westmoreland Shores.

Photos from Colonial Beach residents were forwarded to TheBayNet.com

Contact Marty Madden at marty.madden@thebaynet.com