Daily Archives: 29 April, 2008

Yes, Virginia, those were tornadoes

Residents of several Virginia communities sifted through the rubble and marveled at how no one died in Monday afternoon’s tornado outbreak. There were at least 200 injuries reported, but none of them were critical.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center recorded nine tornado reports from Virginia over the course of the outbreak, but officials say there may have been as few as three. The strongest tornado reached winds of about 115 miles an hour – or EF1 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale – and left behind a damage path 300 yards long.

Another tornado bounced haphazardly along a 25-mile track, destroying homes in one spot while leaving homes a short distance away utterly untouched.

Tornado Alley knows those quirks all too well.