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Tornado outbreak produced 7 twisters across Commonwealth

Posted at 12:43 PM, Feb 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-27 16:10:51-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- The CBS 6 Weather Authority has created a map showing the tornadoes triggered by Wednesday’s powerful storms. The first tornado developed around 2:30 p.m. near Waverly, and tornado warnings were issued across much of central and eastern Virginia through 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 24 Tornado Outbreak.

Wednesday, Feb. 24 Tornado Outbreak.

The National Weather Service survey teams were out conducting evaluations of the damage Thursday and Friday.

Here's the information from the National Weather Service:

Remilk in Middlesex County EF-1 Tornado 

Estimated Time: 8:38 p.m.
EF-Scale Rating: EF-1

Summary:

NWS Storm Survey reported a barn was blown down in the estimated 95 mph winds.

Lancaster County Tornado Damage (SOURCE: National Weather Service)

Lancaster County Tornado Damage (SOURCE: National Weather Service)

Morattico in Lancaster County EF-1 Tornado

Estimated time: 8:30 to 8:33 p.m.
EF-Scale Rating: EF-1
Estimated Max Wind Speed: 97 mph
Max Path Width: 150 yards
Path Length: 2 miles

Summary: 

NWS Storm Survey reported the tornado began on the Rappahannock River as an EF-0. It intensified briefly to an EF-1 in the Norwood Church Road area near Flagstaff Road.

Here the brick wall on a garage was flattened, the roof was ripped off a house and an outbuilding was destroyed.

Numerous large trees snapped including two foot diameter pine trees.

There were no injuries or fatalities. The tornado continued north and northeast for a short distance.

Essex County Storm Damage (SOURCE: WTVR CBS Photojournalist Eli Gardiner)

Essex County Storm Damage (SOURCE: WTVR CBS Photojournalist Eli Gardiner)

Middle Peninsula/Northern Neck EF-3 Tornado (King and Queen, Essex, Richmond and Westmoreland counties)

Estimated time: 6:35 to 7:05 p.m.
EF-Scale Rating: EF-3
Estimated Max Wind Speed: 140 mph
Max Path Width: 400-500 yards
Path Length: 28 miles
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: Numerous

Summary:

NWS Storm Survey determined a long-track tornado of 28 miles traveled from the Middle Peninsula to Northern Neck affecting King and Queen, Essex, Richmond and Westmoreland counties.

Most of the damage was rated EF-1 and EF-2 with its peak intensity of EF-3 occurring on Kino Road in Essex County where three modular homes were destroyed.

The tornado had an average width of 200 yards with a max width of 400 to 500 yards and caused numerous injuries.

Tornado at Kerr Lake (SOURCE: Andrew Robinson)

Tornado at Kerr Lake (SOURCE: Andrew Robinson)

Mecklenburg County EF-1 Tornado 

Estimated Time: 4:48 to 4:55 p.m.
Ef-Scale Rating: EF-1
Estimated Max Wind Speed: 85 to 100 mph
Max Path Width: 150 Yards
Path Length: 5.5 Miles
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Summary:

NWS Storm Survey found tornado damage along a path from the NC/VA line near Keats Point northeastward through Palmer Point recreation area, then to a point about 5.5 miles west of Bracey.
Numerous trees were downed or snapped, minor roof damage to a few homes, minor structural damage to one home and a shed, and one home moved off its foundation.
In addition, hail as large as three inches in diameter occurred near Kerr Lake Dam, as well as northwest of South Hill, in association with the same storm.

Fluvanna County Tornado Damage (SOURCE: National Weather Service)

Fluvanna County Tornado Damage (SOURCE: National Weather Service)

Southeastern Fluvanna County EF-0 Tornado 

Estimated Time: 4:10 to 4:20 p.m.
Ef-Scale Rating: EF-0
Estimated Max Wind Speed: 75 to 85 mph
Max Path Width: 300 to 400 Yards
Path Length: 4.5 Miles
Fatalities: 0
Injuries: 0

Summary:

The NWS survey team has concluded that an EF-0 tornado with winds estimated from 75-85 mph affected southeast Fluvanna County on Wednesday February 24th between 4:10 – 4:20 pm.

The tornado path was about 4.5 miles in length beginning near Winnsville Drive and Tepee Town Road and extended north northeast across Thessalonia.

Road and finally lifting after crossing highway US 15  James Madison Highway just north of Carys Creek Road.

Along the path of the tornado, numerous large trees were uprooted, several houses received damage to shingles...siding and gutters. A few homes were damaged as trees fell on the homes.

Lastly, one small uutbuilding was destroyed near a home along Highway 15.

Path of Destruction in Evergreen

Path of Destruction in Evergreen

Evergreen in Appomattox County EF-3 Tornado 

Estimated Time: 3:29 p.m.
Maximum EF-Scale Rating: EF-3
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed: 136 to 165 mph
Maximum Path Width: 400 Yd (Preliminary)
Path Length: 13 Miles (Preliminary)
Fatalities: 1
Injuries: 7

Summary:

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has confirmed a tornado near Evergreen in Appomattox County.

A tornado tracked just to the southeast of the town of Appomattox impacting the community of Evergreen before ending just west of Holiday Lake State Park.

This tornado was on the ground for 13 miles with a width of 400 yards and damaged over 100 homes and structures, including one well-belt brick house.

One fatality and seven injuries resulted from this tornado.

Waverly Damage

Waverly Damage

Waverly in Sussex County EF-1 Tornado 

Estimated Time: 2:31 to 2:41 pm
Ef-Scale Rating: EF-1
Estimated max wind speed: 100 to 110 mph
Max Path Width: 300 yards
Path Length: 9 miles
Fatalities: 3
Injuries: 8

Summary:

NWS Storm Survey concluded that a tornado occurred near Waverly Va.

The tornado began a few miles south-southwest of Waverly, moving fast through the town of Waverly and ending about five miles north-northeast of Waverly.

Max winds were 100-110 mph making it a strong EF-1 tornado.

Numerous trees were downed with two mobile homes destroyed and several homes and businesses damaged.

Click here for more from the National Weather Service on Wednesday's tornado outbreak. 

Depend on CBS 6 and WTVR.com for complete coverage of the tornado outbreak aftermath.

EF TORNADO SCALE

EF TORNADO SCALE