18 tornadoes touched down in Virginia, NC, National Weather Service says


The leveled house of Delores Anderson is viewed Friday, April 19, 2019, after a tornado touched down in Franklin County, Va. (Heather Rousseau/The Roanoke Times via AP)

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY/AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed 18 tornadoes touched down in Virginia and a part of North Carolina during the severe storms that swept the region on Friday.

The National Weather Service’s Eastern Region said 11 of the tornadoes were in Virginia, while seven were in North Carolina. A handful of the tornadoes fell in localities across the coverage area.

One of the tornadoes had a path that went from Garysburg, North Carolina — in Northampton County — to an area of Southampton County, Virginia that was four miles east of Emporia.

A majority of the tornadoes that fell were wither EF-0 or EF-1 

According to the National Weather Service’s (NWS) office in Wakefield, those the tornadoes included: 

Isle of Wight County: An EF0 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 80 mph touched near Mill Swamp Road and ended at Wrens Mill Road at approximately 7:56 p.m. Damage includes downed trees, including one tree reportedly on a house. 

Sussex County: An EF0 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 80 mph touched near Sussex Drive and lifted before reaching Centerville Road in Prince George County at approximately 7:18 p.m. It mostly uprooted trees and a garage was destroyed as a result.

Emporia: An EF0 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 75 mph touched near Brink Road at approximately 6:50 p.m. It snapped several trees and left minor damage at a shopping center.

Greensville County: An EF0 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 70 mph touched near Brink Road at approximately 6:50 p.m.

NWS Wakefield says they’re still surveying the region for signs of other possible tornadoes. The other tornadoes confirmed across the states are:

Northampton County, N.C.: The first tornado was an EF0 with a maximum wind speed of 70 mph that touched down near Gaston, N.C. at approximately 6:32 p.m. The second tornado was also an EF0 with a max wind speed of 80 mph. It touched down near Jackson, N.C. at approximately 6:44 p.m.  

Louisa County: An EF2 tornado with a maximum speed of 120 mph touched down east of Mineral near Elk Creek Road at approximately 8:06 p.m. Many trees were downed, including one on a car. It ripped the roof off a restored, 18th century home before uprooting more trees and crossing over an arm of Lake Anna.

Prince George County: An EF1 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 95 mph touched in Disputanta near Lebanon Road at approximately 7:29 p.m. It uprooted many trees and left several outbuildings and sheds damaged in its path.

Franklin County: An EF3 tornado with a maximum speed of 159 mph touched down near Oak Level and stopped near Henry Fork. This tornado injured two people, significantly damaged three structures and heavily damaged/destroyed 10 outbuildings. 

Bedford County: An EF0 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 93 mph touched down near Thaxton. The tornado snapped and uprooted many trees and caused damage to an outbuilding.

Fairfax County: An EF0 tornado with a maximum wind speed of 70 mph touched down in Reston at approximately 8:55 p.m. It left several trees damaged and uprooted in the area. 

This is the same storm system that barreled through other parts of the south, leaving three dead in Mississippi, one dead in Florida and one dead in Alabama, according to the Associated Press.

In Florida, the Leon County Sheriff’s Office says a tree fell onto a house in a town just south of Tallahassee, killing an 8-year-old girl and injuring a 12-year-old boy. 

The National Weather Service confirmed 14 tornadoes touched down in Mississippi before the system hit Florida and the Commonwealth. The strongest tornado in Mississippi had winds of 132 mph. 

North Carolina reported some structure damage and downed trees through the central and eastern parts of the state. 

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