NWS confirms 3 tornadoes in central Virginia

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that 3 tornadoes struck Central Virginia on Thur. June 16.

The first struck Fluvanna and Goochland Counties with 75 mile per hour winds around 6:35 accompanied by 3 inch size hail causing significant damage.

The path of destruction was about 2 and a half miles long 75 yards wide.

The tornado was recorded as an EF-0.

A second EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Goochland County with 95 mile per hour winds at 23 miles in length and 150 yards wide striking at 7:05 p.m..

A third EF-0 tornado was confirmed in Goochland Fluvanna Counties as traveling approximately 24 miles in length and 75 yards wide.

That tornado recorded high winds at 75 miles per hour.

As many as 16 homes were damaged with widespread power outages.

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NWS confirms a tornado in Bedford County Virginia

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched down in Bedford County.

The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) reports that 35 structures received varying levels of damage.

Fifteen of those 35 structures were homes with three of those structures being destroyed.

Two minor injuries have been reported with county officials calling some of the damage catastrophic.

Total path of destruction is estimated to be over 6 miles long with a width of 330 yards.

Winds reached up to 135 miles per hour with the storm tracking in a north northeasterly direction from 7:25 to 7:36 a.m. May 27.

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NWS confirms another tornado in Virginia

The National Weather Service (NWS) has confirmed at their website that an EF-0 tornado struck Rockbridge County Fri. May 6.

Strong straight line winds were reported with an EF-0 tornado embedded in them.

The winds struck just south of Fairfield Virginia and ran northward for a little more than a quarter mile ending north of Fairfield.

Winds were recorded at 85 miles per hour at the beginning dropping to 70 then to 60 miles per hour at the end of the path.

Damage occurred to the siding of a church and several barn outbuildings along with uprooted or broken trees along the path.

No injuries were report in the winds.

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NWS confirms an EF-1 tornado in Augusta County

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirms that an EF-1 tornado struck Fishersville in Augusta County on April 26.

The storm produced 90 mile per hour winds cutting a path 6 miles long and 75 yards wide.

Trees were snapped and uprooted.

Significant damage was recorded at a barn with a farmhouse losing its metal roof.

Wood from the barn lofted and was carried approximately 125 yards to become embedded in the ground in several directions.

The storm traveled west to east and finally dissipated in Waynesboro but not before ripping a steeple off a church and dropping a large tree onto a home causing considerable damage.

The tornado touched down in Fishersville at 1:04 p.m. and dissipated in Waynesboro at 1:15 p.m..

The NWS reminds citizens to heed tornado warnings when they are issued.

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NWS confirms tornadoes in Fairfax County

The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed that an EF-0 tornado touched down Thursday Mar. 31 in Centreville.

The rating EF-0 is the lowest on the scale of intensity.

The touchdown lasted maybe a minute as the tornado went approximately 240 feet traveling east to west.

The tornado uprooted about 15 pine trees near Cub Run Elementary School.

No damage was observed by the NWS to nearby residences or structures.

Many of the trees were uprooted, snapped at the base or twisted 10 to 15 feet up as the tornado left the ground.

Another EF-0 tornado was than recorded at Tyson’s Corner damaging two gas stations at Chain Bridge Road.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

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NWS warns of enhanced fire risk in VA.

The National Weather Service warns that low humidity and high winds of gust up to 30 miles per hour over the last couple of days will enhance fire risk.

Fires have been reported in several areas of Virginia over the last couple of days with many pushed by the current conditions.

Caution is advised when handling any machinery and be sure to  properly dispose of  any smoking materials.

The current conditions enhance the risk of a fire making it hard to control and difficult to contain.

Burn laws in Virginia remain in effect until Apr. 30.

Until then outdoor fires before 4 p.m. are discouraged.

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NWS confirms a tornado touchdown in VA.

ABC News reports that the National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed Thurs. a tornado did touch down in Carroll County Virginia.

The EF-2 tornado struck Wed. night Mar. 23 at 9:45 leaving an almost 2 mile long 125 yard wide path in the county.

Winds were clocked at 122 miles per hour fortunately no injuries were reported.

The tornado did damage two homes and snapped trees.

Approximately 650 people were left without power in the wake of the storm in the Gladesboro area.

Citizens are reminded to take tornado warnings seriously and seek shelter when they are issued.

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The VA. Statewide Tornado Drill was today 3/8

Severe weather week continues today Mar. 8 with the annual statewide tornado drill which was held at 9:45 a.m..

The National Weather Service (NWS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) clarifies that a tornado watch means a tornado is possible a warning means to take action and take shelter immediately.

It is a good idea to have a plan ahead of time.

You will want to identify safe rooms or protective locations in your home, school or business.

Try to implement an emergency communication plan for you and your family.

You are encouraged to have an emergency kit at the ready with a checklist available at vaemergency.gov along with additional information.

There were 87 tornadoes recorded in 2004 and 25 recorded in 2017.

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It is Severe Weather Awareness Week VA. 3/7-3/11

Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) announced that it is severe weather awareness week.

This is a week designed to refresh, remind and educate citizens about seasonal threats from severe weather.

It is also a good time to make and practice your own emergency plan.

The VDEM and National Weather Service team up to promote severe weather awareness during the week.

Social media pages from VDEM will have information and ways to stay safe in the advent of severe weather all week.

Today Mon. Mar. 7 the focus is on Watches vs. Warnings.

Tomorrow Tue. Mar. 8 the annual statewide tornado drill will be held at 9:45 a.m..

Wed. Mar. 9 is focused on Severe Thunderstorms, Hail and Wind.

Thur. Mar. 10 the focus will be Flash Flooding preparation.

Fri. Mar.11 the focus will be on Lighting Awareness.

During the annual Tornado Drill Tues. all schools, businesses and families are encouraged to participate in the drill.

There will not be an alert tone Tues. but the drill alert will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio along with a monthly test alert on local radio stations.

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A fire weather watch has been issued for the region

The National Weather Service in Washington DC Baltimore MD has issued a high wind fire weather watch for the region.

Winds will be steady at 20 to 30 miles per hour with peak gust of 60 miles per hour at times along the Allegheny front east to Interstate 81.

This will affect the areas from Hagerstown Maryland to Staunton Virginia and all points in between Thursday evening Dec. 2 through Friday afternoon Dec. 3.

The high winds combined with the dry conditions create what is called a fire weather situation that will fuel and could rapidly spread any fire.

Use of fire in anyway would be discouraged through the period.

All smoking materials should always be disposed of properly especially during high winds.

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