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At least 3 dead after apparent tornado rips through Virginia town

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WAVERLY, Virginia – At least three people are dead after an apparent tornado snapped utility poles and littered the streets with debris in Waverly, Virginia, according to PIX11 sister station WTVR.

One of the people killed was apparently a young child.

Emergency officials reported seeing the powerful funnel tear down a local road and into the town.

Waverly sits between Richmond and Norfolk.

Police are reporting storm damage in Sussex County in southeastern Virginia from a system that has ravaged the South.

State Police Sgt. Michele Anaya says troopers were called to assist local authorities Wednesday afternoon. She did not know the extent of the damage, exactly where it occurred or whether there were any injuries.

Anaya said she could not confirm a twister, although the county was under a tornado warning when the damage occurred.

Workers who answered the phone at the Sussex County Sheriff's Office and the Waverly Fire Department said all first responders were out and nobody was available to provide information.

The storms killed three people in Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.