EF-1 Tornado Damage Confirmed in Boone County

Posted April 08, 2017

The National Weather Service is assessing damage in the Northen Neck to determine if a tornado touched down there Thursday afternoon.

A statewide tornado drill will be conducted by the National Weather Service and emergency officials around 10:30 a.m. MDT on Wednesday, April 12. They were rated EF-0, indicating wind speeds between 65 miles per hour and 85 miles per hour (105 and 137 kph).

The severe weather outbreak was the second to hit the South in less than a week, but no deaths or significant injuries had been reported as of Wednesday evening.

WTVR CBS 6 crews spotted several large uprooted trees - one that almost hit a home. That number puts the Peach State in the lead for tornado reports, surpassing the usual leaders in the Great Plains.

Severe weather could be followed by snowfall across the higher elevations of Southwest Virginia on Thursday, the National Weather Service said.

Update 8 p.m.: The National Weather Service further downgraded Lee County's severe weather risk to slight.

Tornado Warnings began popping up around 3 p.m.in Coffee County and continued east as the storm passed.

"There's damage in the Sandbridge area that could possibly be tornado damage", he said.

Another EF-0 tornado was confirmed near Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the District of Columbia. The tornado destroyed a recreational vehicle, damaged a concession stand, snapped trees and knocked a tree into a house along its almost 5-mile (8-kilometer) path.