Mechanicsville tornado with 7.4 mile path confirmed

Posted at 5:53 PM, Jul 01, 2012
and last updated 2012-07-01 21:23:29-04

The National Weather Service has confirmed that there was a tornado near Mechanicsville in Hanover County on Saturday, June 30, 2012.

It touched down at 8:11 p.m. with a path of 50 to 100 yards wide and 7.4 miles in length.  The tornado had a maximum wind speed of 80 mph, making it an EF-0 on the tornado intensity scale, meaning it was lower in intensity.

Several viewers reported seeing this and it is now confirmed. The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to change pending final review of the event(s) and publication in National Weather Service.

The tornado initially touched down near Williamsville Acres Lane around 8:11 p.m. and then tracked south/southeast before lifting around 8:20 p.m. east of Mechanicsville near the intersection of Crown Hill Road and State Route 628, said the NWS.