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On Virginia's Eastern Shore, two people are dead after a confirmed tornado touched down this morning. As Coastal Reporter Bryan Russo explains, 36 people were injured at a crowded campground.

More than 1,300 people were camping at the Cherrystone campground near Cape Charles when the the tornado struck shortly before 9 a.m.

"Well it was total devastation," says David Eder, chief of the Eastville Volunteer Fire Department, which responded to the disaster.

Campers had very little time to evacuate. The National Weather Service sent out a tornado warning just minutes before the storm arrived at Cherrystone.

One camper told WAVY Channel 10 that the storm started with deafening thunder. By late afternoon, the more than 1,300 campers and 40 staff members were accounted for, according to Virginia State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller.

"Deputies and troopers literally went to every single camper and trailer and made sure everyone was accounted for," Geller says.

According to Geller, injuries range from minor cuts and bruises to life-threatening ones.

Friday morning Governor Terry McAuliffe is scheduled to visit the area and speak with victims' families.

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