Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Two EF-1 Tornadoes Confirmed in Johnson and Franklin Counties

Image source National Weather Service Lubbock Image source National Weather Service Lubbock Image source National Weather Service Lubbock
Sammy Stanley | 17 April, 2018, 19:19

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado struck Lynchburg and the counties of Amherst and Campbell on Sunday.

The 130-mph winds put the tornado "at the high end of the EF2 scale", according to a statement from the weather service's Blacksburg office.

"They will look at the pattern of the damage to determine whether it was a real tornado or just strong winds", Meteorologist Stephanie Sine said.

Gov. Roy Cooper warned people to stay safe and shared a weather map, showing Charlotte inside a belt where numerous severe storms will be possible Sunday.

The preliminary report from NWS states the tornado was on the ground for less than a minute, and traveled a half a mile.

Severe weather had moved east by Sunday night, but the Roanoke and New River valleys were continuing to see rainfall, according to the National Weather Service in Blacskburg. Lexington County being one of the hardest hit areas with downed trees and power outages.

It damaged a mobile home park and snapped dozens of trees.

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Tornadoes damaged several homes in neighboring Union County, which had two tornadoes, County Judge Mike Loftin said.

Rain is expected early Monday, but skies should clear up as the day goes, according to the National Weather Service.

Guilford County schools were closed Monday because of damage.

Law enforcement agencies in Roanoke and Roanoke County as of Sunday evening reported no significant damage.

Lafayette County Emergency Management identified two tornado tracks in northeastern Lafayette County, MS from storms during the pre-dawn hours Saturday.

In Amherst County, it crossed Virginia 130 into Elon and its wind speed strengthened to an estimated 130 miles per hour. But for the most part, the county fared well during the storm, he said.

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