LOUISA, VA (WWBT) – We've learned that the storm which caused the damage to a historic home in Louisa County was, in fact, a tornado. The National Weather Service confirms the storm which hit the Boswells Tavern area was also an EF1, with winds up to 90 miles an hour.
The initial reports of a possible tornado came out of Louisa County. Our crews rushed to Route 15 in northwest Louisa where we saw the worst of that county's storm damage.
The sheriff's office is reporting three sightings of funnel clouds. Interestingly, all three were made by emergency responders who happened to be in the area. The National Weather Service is expected to survey the damage Friday.
An historic Louisa house bore the brunt of the damage. The Sylvania house dates back to the 1700's.
In the blink of an eye, Mother Nature changed everything.
It's always sad to see that and this was a lovely place at one time," said Maryann Bush, whose brother worked this farm 25 years ago.
Louisa Fire Chief Scott Keim said his medics watched as the tornado ripped through this land.
"They described it as a well defined funnel cloud and they saw it hit ground here on this farm," he explained.
Bob Hauser bought the place in 2004. His family was going to restore it. That job has now become a massive one. The roof ripped from the structure. Pieces of it are now wrapped around trees. Pillars that held up a portico now lean on the home. Bricks that once made up a chimney are now scattered across the property.
"I think there's a lot of work in front of us, a lot of clean up and a lot of repair but repairable," Hauser told us.
In just a few weeks Louisa residents have lived through an earthquake, a hurricane and now a tornado. Most people won't see these three natural disasters in their entire lifetimes. And yet, they somehow manage to see a bright spot in dark days.
"We've been in a way blessed that we've had no major injuries and no deaths," Keim said.