20-25 homes wiped out or severely damaged in Elon, 6 taken to hospital after tornado

A home was completely wiped out in the Elon area (Alex Crowder)

AMHERST Co., Va. (WSET) -- Amherst County Public Safety Coordinator Gary Roakes said all people in Amherst County are accounted for, to the best of his knowledge, but several families did lose their homes in the tornado that touched down in Elon Sunday evening.

Roakes said 20-25 homes are either completely gone or severely damaged.

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He said six people were taken to the hospital, all with non-life threatening injuries.

Public safety crews are asking everyone to stay out of the Elon area, if you do not live in the Hunt Club Drive, Deerfield Drive, or Nottoway Drive area, you will not be let into the subdivisions.

Only those who work or live in those areas will be let in.

Power companies and emergency crews are currently on the scene.

A shelter has been opened at Monelison Middle School for those who need it due to the tornado and a command center has been opened at Elon Elementary School.

You can call the shelter at 434-846-1307 to see if a loved one is there.

Roakes said crews went door-to-door twice to make sure everyone was accounted for and do not believe anyone is missing, but they are checking in the morning.

Damage assessment teams will be going around the Elon area Monday morning as well.

Amherst County officials are also asking drivers to stay away from Route 130 that is shut down due to several downed power lines in the area.

Call the American Red Cross at 434-845-1234 if you need assistance.

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