Tiny town in southeastern Virginia takes brunt of storm

(AP) – The Latest on a fast-moving storm expected to deliver high winds, rain, hail and twisters to central and southeastern Virginia:

4:30 p.m.
    
The tiny town of Waverly seems to have taken the brunt of a fast-moving storm that swept into central and southeastern Virginia.
    
With two people confirmed dead there Wednesday, television newscasts showed shattered windows, splintered wood and shocked residents sizing up the aftermath of the storm.
    
The severe weather spawned several suspected twisters in several locations in the state, including Waverly, and in the greater Richmond area.
    
Waverly is located in a largely farming area about 25 miles southeast of Petersburg. The town is near the heart of Virginia’s peanut-growing center.
    
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4 p.m.:
    
Authorities say two people are dead after powerful storms ripped through eastern Virginia.
    
Ron Messina, a spokesman for the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, said two people were killed in the town of Waverly on Wednesday.
    
Messina could not provide the victims’ identities or details about how they died.
    
The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for an area in southeastern Virginia, with Doppler radar indicating a twister in Waverly.
    
The storms killed three people in Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday.
    
3:15 p.m.:
    
Police are reporting storm damage in Sussex County in southeastern Virginia.
    
State Police Sgt. Michele Anaya says troopers were called to assist local authorities Wednesday afternoon. She did not know the extent of the damage, exactly where it occurred or whether there were any injuries. Anaya said she could not confirm a twister, although the county was under a tornado warning when the damage occurred.
    
Workers who answered the phone at the Sussex County Sheriff’s Office and the Waverly Fire Department said all first responders were out and nobody was available to provide information.
    
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3 p.m.:
    
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for an area in southeastern Virginia, with Doppler radar indicating a twister in Waverly.
    
The warning was issued Wednesday afternoon after a tornado watch was issued for central and southeastern Virginia.
    
The warning was issued for Surry and James City counties and into southwestern Williamsburg.
    
Meteorologist Mike Rusnak stressed that a tornado had not been confirmed. There were no initial reports of any damage.
    
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2:30 p.m.:
    
The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for central and southeastern Virginia.
    
Meteorologist Mike Rusnak of the Wakefield office of the Weather Service said the tornado watch is in effect until 9 p.m. Wednesday night. He said the watch applies to the area east of Interstate 95 and includes the lower Eastern Shore.
    
Rusnak said the storm now lashing North Carolina could deliver severe thunderstorms, winds topping 60 mph and hail 1 inch in diameter.
    
Ahead of the severe weather, a scattering of school divisions in central Virginia have canceled after-school activities, according to media reports.

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