Possible Tornado Hits Virginia

By: Elizabeth Donatelli
By: Elizabeth Donatelli

August 31, 2005

People in northern Virginia say a tornado touched down where they were, and they have the damage to prove it.

There were unconfirmed sightings of tornados in the city of Charlottesville and the surrounding counties, but it actually touched down, at least part of the storm, in Ada which is in Fauquier County about 1 hour and a half north of Charlottesville.

There were downed power lines, trees littered the roadways and different yards. Yards were actually stripped of vegetation. One neighbor said he and his family ate in the laundry room because the could feel the house shake. Another said it was one of the scariest things she's ever seen.

"It came very quickly, it came within minutes," said Leslie Harless who was in her house during the storm. "Probably 20 minutes before it even came my dog was going absolutely crazy--whining ,carrying on, running in circles, absolutely having a fit."

"We've got two families that are displaced, a total of about six people--they've gone to relatives or neighboring homes that weren't damaged. We did set-up a temporary shelter in the town of Marshall at the rescue squad, which is available to anyone that couldn't contact us," said President of Fauquier County Fire and Rescue Tom Marable.

The National Weather Service has not confirmed whether this was actually a tornado or not, but they will probably be out to survey the damage Wednesday. But talking to the neighbors and rescue workers, there was no doubt in their mind that this was actually a tornado.

About 16 houses were affected and there were no injuries to report from the town of Ada.

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