The historic storm that has brought snow to the Dakotas and a swath of severe weather from the Deep South to the Ohio Valley and Virginia struck again on Wednesday. Tornado watches went up for areas south and east of Charlottesville in the afternoon and it wasn't long until tornado warnings began to pop. The storms were the result of a stationary front draped across the area, combined with an unusually high level of wind shear for late October.
Most of the severe weather was confined to the Richmond metropolitan area, which was especially hard hit. As of Wednesday evening, several tornadoes had been spotted outside of Richmond in places like Mechanicsville and Caroline County. There were reports of extensive tree damage all around the north side of Richmond as a result of the possible twisters, with one tornado actually being spotted by a National Weather Service employee. The severe weather didn't stop there, with possible tornadoes in the Northern Neck region of Virginia. Our viewing area was relatively unscathed by Wednesday's round of severe weather, but gusty winds did down several large tree limbs southeast of Dillwyn in Buckingham County.
If you're wondering, severe weather isn't out of the question in late October in Virginia, but it's a month that typically doesn't bring many tornadoes or severe storms. This serves as a reminder that you always have to be prepared for severe weather any time of the year. Mother Nature can be quite fickle, as we've seen time and time again this year! If you have any questions about severe weather or tornadoes, this is the place to find an answer -- post them in the comments section and I'll reply!