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Severe weather strikes Virginia Beach

A group of friends from Chesapeake, Va., work to help clear fallen trees on Elbow Road in Virginia Beach, Va., following a suspected tornado that hit the area on Friday, March 31, 2017. The National Weather Service will not be able to confirm whether a tornado - or tornadoes - hit Hampton Roads until Saturday. (Kristen Zeis/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

News reports say a church was destroyed and dozens of homes damaged after a possible tornado whipped through the Virginia Beach area.

The Virginian-Pilot reported that severe storms on Friday night struck the Hampton Roads region, which includes the cities of Virginia Beach and Norfolk. The newspaper quoted fire department officials in Virginia Beach as saying that about 50 homes there were damaged or destroyed.

The newspaper quoted National Weather Service official as saying that teams would be sent to the area Saturday to assess damage and try to confirm whether a tornado had touched down.

In the city of Chesapeake, the Real Life Christian Church was heavily damaged.

There were no reports of injuries or deaths.

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