Suffolk, VA Tornado, Jun 1911

Buildings Wrecked and Four Persons Injured at Suffolk, Va.

Four Injured at Suffolk

Suffolk, Va., June 12 – A cyclone passed over a portion of Suffolk this afternoon, totally demolishing one plant, partially wrecking several others, injuring four persons, and unroofing many buildings, besides leveling trees and fences and snapping off telegraph poles. The two principal buildings in the Col. J. H. MacCLEARY Locomotive Shops were left in ruins. The only building left standing was the office. Three men employed in the plant were injured, MESSRS. GRAY, GARDNER and HARRELL. Others in the buildings had gone out to stop a runaway horse and were saved.
A brick wall of the One Buggy Company a plant just built, caved in. The plant of the Virginia Mills was struck by lightning and $500 worth of damage done. The plants of the Montgomery Lumber Company, COBB'S knitting mills, the overall factory and others were damaged by the wind which also blew away an upper corner of the Bank of Suffolk and rained bricks into Washington square. The roofs of twelve or fifteen other buildings were blown always and the damage will run into many thousands of dollars.

Box Cars Sent Whirling
In the manufacturing district two box cars were sent whirling down the track and one of them was wrecked. Heavy sills on the ground were tossed in the air like wheat straws. Live wires were strewn about the streets and transportation was made perilous.
The cyclones course through the city was zigzag.

The Washington Post District of Columbia 1911-06-13