Tropical Storm Isaias hit the eastern third of Virginia hardest on Tuesday morning during its brief but destructive journey up the Eastern Seaboard.
Several hours of torrential rain flooded dozens of roads, while winds gusting past 45 mph downed trees and put hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the dark.
The storm left scattered road closures and power outages in metro Richmond and more widespread disruption across the Tidewater region, where winds approached 70 mph. No serious damage was reported in the western half of the state.
Tornadoes spawned by Isaias injured two people in Lancaster County, and other touchdowns across the region caused the worst scenes of structural damage. At least five tornadoes struck eastern Virginia as part of an outbreak that followed the storm’s path from North Carolina to New Jersey; their exact numbers and strength will not be known until the National Weather Service completes damage surveys…