NWS confirms at least 16 tornadoes touched down in Virginia on Good Friday

NWS confirms at least 16 tornadoes touched down in Virginia on Good Friday
A fallen tree caused damage to a home in Brunswick.

VIRGINIA (WWBT/WDBJ/WCAV) - The National Weather Service has confirmed at least 16 tornadoes that touched down in Virginia during Friday’s severe weather.

A summary of each tornado is below. While the National Weather Service is still investigating other reports, the tallies so far are impressive. For perspective, the April 19, 2019 outbreak now ranks as Virginia’s 3rd most for a single day all-time, and the second most for a non-tropical event.

The highest single-day numbers on record are as follows:

39 on September 17, 2004 (Ivan)

18 on August 6, 1993 (Petersburg Tornado)

15 on April 19, 2019 (thus far)

14 on August 30, 2004 (Gaston)

14 on September 8, 2004 (Frances)

13 on April 16, 2011

13 on April 27, 2011

Following are the storm summaries for Friday’s outbreak as reported so far:

Franklin County

The NWS confirmed that an EF-3 tornado touched down in Franklin County Friday morning, reaching wind speeds up to 159 mph.

According the the report, the tornado was on the ground for 8.2 miles and had a maximum width of 250 yards.

The tornado injured two people.

Brunswick County

A EF-0 tornado was also confirmed by the NWS in Brunswick County. According to the report, maximum wind speeds reached between 70-80 mph. The report also says the tornado had maximum width of 200 yards and was on the ground for 0.6 miles.

The tornado touched down northeast of Brodnax and mostly uprooted and snapped trees in its path. However, a horse was killed after a tree fell into a pasture.

The tornado touched down around 6:50 p.m.

Greensville County

Another EF-0 tornado was confirmed in near Emporia in Greensville County. According to the NWS report, the tornado touched down between 6:50-6:55 p.m. and was on the ground for 4.4 miles. It had maximum wind speeds between 65-75 mph, with a maximum width of 100 yards.

The tornado touched down near Brink and Collins roads about three miles southwest of Emporia.

According to the NWS, the tornado snapped trees and damaged a couple of outbuildings in its path. There was also minor damage at a shopping center in Emporia. The tornado lifted just north of town.

Another EF-0 tornado, with a width of 50 yards, hit Greensville County near Claresville between 6:44-6:50 p.m., says the NWS. The tornado had a maximum wind speed of 70 mph and was on the ground for 6.35 miles.

The tornado touched down about a half-mile west of Creek Road, mainly snapping trees in its path.

The NWS confirmed a third tornado in Greensville County on Sunday. The EF-1 tornado touched down in Northampton County, North Carolina before traveling into Greensville County.

The tornado had a width of 100 yards and was on the ground for 18.6 miles, with winds reaching maximum speeds between 85-90 mph.

The tornado lifted briefly before shifting its track and touching down again near Caney Swamp south of Taylor`s Mill Road. The tornado traveled northeast causing damage to trees and lifted before reaching Highway 58 in Southampton County, just four miles east of Emporia.

Prince George County

An EF-1 tornado with maximum wind speeds between 90-95 was confirmed in Disputanta. The tornado touched down between 7:29-7:33 p.m. There was a maximum width of 100 yards and the tornado was on the ground for 3.9 miles, according to the NWS.

The tornado touched down just south of Lebanon Road and traveled, north-northwest across Lenanon and Pole Run roads. There were numerous trees snapped or uprooted, along with several sheds and outbuildings being significantly damaged or destroyed.

Louisa County

An EF-2 tornado with a maximum width of 200 yards was confirmed in Louisa County, east of Mineral. The NWS says the tornado had maximum wind speeds between 115-120 mph and was on the ground for 2 miles.

According to the report, the tornado touched down in a wooded area near Elk Creek Road between 8:06-8:08 p.m.

The tornado caused trees to be snapped and uprooted, significantly damaged a restored 18th century home, took off the roof of a home and damaged a garage.

Sussex County

The NWS confirms an EF-0 tornado touched down in Sussex County near Stoney Creek. The tornado had a maximum width of 50-100 yards and was on the ground for 17.7 miles.

The tornado mainly uprooted and snapped trees in its path. A Garage was also destroyed from a falling tree.

Bedford County

The National Weather Service has ranked a tornado that touched down in Bedford County Friday morning as an EF-1.

The tornado reached an estimated maximum wind speed of 93 mph.

According to the National Weather Service, the tornado touched down about 2.5 miles North of Thaxton in Bedford Co. Friday morning.

The initial touch down was said to have been near Patterson Mill Road.

The report continues to say the tornado uprooted and snapped multiple trees. The tornado also destroyed an outbuilding off Centennial Road.

Read the full summary of the tornado here.

Fairfax County

The NWS in Washington D.C./Baltimore confirmed an EF-0 tornado in Reston. The tornado had peak wind speeds of 70 mph and was on the ground for four miles. The tornado had a maximum width of 100 yards.

The tornado caused several trees to uproot or snap, with a few falling into buildings and vehicles.

Isle of Wight County

An EF-0 tornado, with wind speeds between 75-80 mph, was confirmed in Isle of Wight County, the NWS says. The tornado was between 75-100 yards in width and on the ground for 2.9 miles.

The NWS says the tornado touched down near Mill Swamp Road and Wrens Mill roads, tracked north crossing King`s Landing Lane before continuing into the James River.

“Numerous trees, including large oak trees, were snapped or uprooted along the tornado path. One tree was downed on a house,” the NWS reported.

A full report can be found, HERE.

The NWS says the information is preliminary and subject to change.

Charles City County

An EF-2 tornado was confirmed with winds in the 125 mph to 135 mph range. The tornado was on the ground for 3.1 miles. No injuries were reported, but if lifted the roof off Charles City Rod and Gun Club and blew in one of the walls of the building. A couple of trees were also uprooted.

Three EF-0 tornadoes were added to the total Monday. Those tornadoes were confirmed in Gloucester County, York County and Newport News.

Nelson County

An EF1 tornado touched down around 5:30 p.m. just south of Keys Church Road near Shipman in Nelson County

The NWS says the tornado, which was on the ground for about two minutes and traveled a mile and a half, headed north-northeast to James River Road, snapping multiple trees about a third of the way up the trunk.

As it continued to move up James River Road, NWS says the tornado grew stronger and expanded to 125 yards in width, causing significant damage to two farms and nearby woods.

Between 100 and 200 trees were snapped or uprooted, including one that fell on and killed a horse.

One large tree came down on three vehicles while a recreational vehicle was knocked over by the winds.

Several small buildings were damaged or destroyed and power lines were brought down across a field.

No one was injured.

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