10/27/2010 Severe Storms

What a Day!

Tornadic thunderstorms formed very early Wednesday over Southern Virginia, with confirmed damage from the National Weather Service.

NWS STORM SURVEY HAS CONFIRMED A TORNADO NEAR THE INTERSECTION OF SKIPWOOD RD AND NEW HOPE RD. PATH WIDTH WAS APPROXIMATELY 1 1/4 MILES IN LENGTH WITH A PATH WIDTH OF APPROXIMATELY 1/4 MILE. STORM DAMAGE IN THE AREA WAS CONSISENT WITH A HIGH-END EF-0 TORNADO…WITH WINDS ESTIMATED AT 70 TO 80 MPH. NUMEROUS TREES AND POWERLINES WERE KNOCKED DOWN…MINOR SHED DAMAGE WAS INCURRED AND SEVERAL TREE TOPS WERE TWISTED.

The storm that produced damage yesterday evening in the Richmond metro area was likely a tornado but it hasn’t been confirmed yet by the National Weather Service.  They’re headed for a storm survey today in Henrico, Richmond and Mechanicsville, with the results expected this afternoon.

Based on eyewitness reports and from tracking the storm on radar yesterday, I expect that this damage was from a tornado.  That lack of major structural damage to sturdy buildings leads me to believe it was probably an EF-0 or EF-1 tornado.

We’ll see later today what the final verdict is…

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