Residents Report Seeing Funnel Cloud in Fluvanna

September 6, 2011

While the National Weather Service has not confirmed reports of a possible tornado touching down in Central Virginia Monday night, several residents along Bybee Road in Fluvanna County have reported seeing a funnel cloud.

Tornado or not, the storm left behind a visible path of destruction.

Bybee's Road Baptist Church near Zion Crossroads was hit hard by the storms Monday night. Debris and tree limbs littered the church cemetery. Strong winds dislodged part of the steeple along with some of the roof lining and shingles.

A tree was split down the middle, possibly from a lightning strike, and barely missed power lines and a playground when it toppled over.

"You could see the sky was dark, small limbs coming off the tops of trees and just swirling around. It didn't seem to last very long and cleared out pretty quickly," said Pastor Kenny Davis.

About a dozen members of the congregation gathered Tuesday morning at the church to clean up and figure out what exactly happened.

"First i heard the wind blowing things around in my garage. I went to my garage door and I saw a funnel cloud between my neighbors and my house," Becky Loyd recounted.

Residents captured video of what they believe was a funnel cloud. One CBS19 viewer, "Teddy", shared his footage with us. You can see it in the video player above.

Anyone with footage or specific damage reports is encouraged to contact the National Weather Service office in Wakefield, Virginia, at (757) 899-4200. With that information, the NWS can accurately determine if a tornado actually touched down.


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