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.