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Possible Tornado Hits Halifax County On Sunday Night

A series of strong storms hit Halifax County Sunday night with torrential rains, high winds, thunder and lightning.

At approximately 10:05 p.m. the Halifax County E-911 Center received a call from 1119 Blane Road in the Alton community, said Halifax County Emergency Services Coordinator Kirby Saunders.

The caller said he believed a tornado had touched down, and a trailer near the property was damaged, but no one was hurt, Saunders said. The trailer belonged to Mitch Gordon and was located on his property.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for the entire county around 10:25 p.m., upgrading the alert from the previous watch issued earlier in the evening, he added.

Halifax County received tremendous amounts of rain in a very short period, Saunders said. Numerous roads throughout the county experienced flash flooding including major roadways Highway 58 at Lawson's Creek and at its intersection with Highway 501, he added. The majority of the damage sustained from this storm could not be assessed until daybreak Monday, Saunders explained.

Halifax County Emergency Services, aided by the American Red Cross, the Halifax County Health Department and the Department of Social Services, opened a shelter at the gymnasium at the Mary Bethune Complex at 12 a.m., Saunders said. The shelter closed at 8 a.m. Monday.

Halifax County Office of Emergency Services began conducting damage assessments at daybreak Monday, Saunders said.

There were no reported injuries from this storm, no deaths, and no missing persons in Halifax County, he added.

Read more on the storms and the potential for flooding in Wednesday's print editon.