WCAV-WVAW-WAHU | Charlottesville, Virginia | Weather

Weather Service Confirms 7 Tornadoes in Virginia

April 29, 2011

The National Weather Service says seven tornadoes touched down in central and southwest Virginia Wednesday and Thursday.

The most damaging was an EF3 tornado in Washington County. The Virginia Department of Emergency Management says that severe of a tornado, which packs winds of up to 165 miles per hour, is rare in Virginia, with only 24 in history.

The service says EF2 tornadoes blew through Smyth and Halifax Counties. Those can carry winds of up to 135 miles per hour. Less severe tornadoes were confirmed in Carolina, Goochland, Shenandoah and Cumberland counties.

The service is working to verify additional tornadoes that were reported across the state.

In all, five people were killed and more than 50 others injured. More than 7,000 people, mostly in southwest Virginia, remain without power.

The comments sections of Newsplex.com are designed for thoughtful, intelligent conversation and debate. We want to hear from our viewers, but we only ask that you use your best judgment. E-mail is required, but will not be displayed with comment.

  • Comments cannot be profane or vulgar. We will not post comments that use profanity or cross the lines of good taste.
  • We will not post comments that use hate speech. Slurs, stereotypes and violent talk aren’t welcome on our website.
  • Comments should not attack other readers or people featured in our stories personally. Any accusations should be backed up with facts.
  • Any comment we post will be posted in its entirety. We do not edit any comment that we post.
  • Comments should contribute to the discussion. We will not post comments that don't advance the discussion. Flaming and/or trolling will not be tolerated.
  • Comments should not attack other posters. Let's keep the focus on the content of the story.

    As a host Newsplex.com welcomes a wide spectrum of opinions. However this is a site that we host. We have a responsibility to all our readers to try to keep our comment section fair and decent. For that reason The Newsplex reserves the right to not post or to remove any comment.

    If you have any ideas to improve the conversation or this section let us know. Send an e-mail to webmaster@newsplex.com.


powered by Disqus
The Charlottesville Newsplex 999 2nd Street S.E. Charlottesville, VA 22902 434.242.1919 – Main 434.220.7522 - Newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 120967569