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Residents in the Nokesville area in Prince William County say a funnel cloud did this damage late Wednesday night.
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Residents in the Nokesville area in Prince William County say a funnel cloud did this damage late Wednesday night.

Funnel clouds were spotted overnight in the D.C. area. Residents say one of them passed over Nokesville, in Prince William County, damaging a local grocery store and several homes.

Dan Ohlms has lived in the area for more than 30 years, and he's prepared for bad weather. He and his wife have a bedroom in their basement.

"We went down into our basement and just kind of waited it out," he says.

Emily Sauter believes the funnel cloud actually touched down in her neighborhood. The winds tore a sizeable hole in her neighbor's roof, ripped half the shingles off the top of her house, and did more damage at ground level.

Sauter says she was shocked to see the damage when she woke up Thursday morning.

"I have a hole in my car, and trees ripped out of the ground, but compared to what's going on down south, it's nothing. I'm just glad the kids and me are OK," she says.

Across the South, the storms have obliterated large swaths of land from Mississippi to Georgia, wiping out homes and businesses and killing more than 200 people in six states.

Four of the five deaths reported so far in Virginia occurred in Washington county, in the southwestern part of the state.

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