Two tornadoes confirmed from Thursday storms

Posted at 3:21 PM, May 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-23 17:49:07-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) --  The severe storms that raced through Virginia on Thursday spawned two tornadoes, which were confirmed by the National Weather Service (NWS) on Friday.

The first tornado was confirmed near the city of Prince George.  The storm intensified northwest of Richmond, then produced wind damage in the City of Richmond, with trained storm spotters periodically reporting a funnel cloud in the Metro as it raced southeast.  According to the NWS's survey report, at 5:45 p.m., a tornado touched down on Kurnas Lane, destroying a shed, snapping trees and causing minor damage to a home.

The tornado was rated an EF-0, with winds of 70 mph.  It was 25 yards wide, and was on the ground for 75 yards.  Eyewitnesses reported seeing a funnel reaching the ground prior to the damage.  No injuries were reported. (NWS)


A second tornado was confirmed near Waverly in Sussex county at 6:20 p.m.  The tornado developed just north of Highway 460 and south of Petersburg Road, about mile northwest of Waverly.  It moved south and crossed Highway 460 just north of Waverly.  It struck an auto parts store, causing minor damage.  Many large trees were uprooted along Highway 460, and the highway was closed due to trees on the road.

The tornado tracked southward to North Church Street, causing minor damage to the First Baptist Church.  Many large trees fell into the nearby cemetery, causing damage.  The tornado moved across New Street, snapping trees and damaging homes.  The tornado lifted shortly after crossing Highway 460 on the west side of Waverly.

This tornado was classified as an EF-0 tornado, with winds of 75 mph.  It was 100 yards wide, and was on the ground for 1.5 miles.  No injuries were reported.  (NWS)


These two tornadoes were part of multiple severe weather reports, including large hail and wind damage reports.blogsnap3

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