RICHMOND—The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) compiled a storm impact report for the severe weather that impacted the Commonwealth on April 6, 2017. Two tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service; one in Lancaster County and one in the City of Chesapeake. Early reports indicate two additional tornadoes in Northern Virginia. Structural damage was widespread across the eastern and northern part of Virginia, resulting in an estimated $5.75 million in damages with 5 structures completely destroyed and 131 impacted.
Storm damage was reported in:
- Fauquier County
- Henrico County
- Isle of Wight County
- Lancaster County
- Orange County
- Spotsylvania County
- Virginia Beach
An EF-1 tornado with maximum winds of 90 mph hit the town of Irvington in Lancaster County and traveled approximately 2.7 miles. The tornado resulted in residential property damage and moderate damage to the Rappahannock General Hospital.
An EF-0 tornado with maximum winds of 80 mph hit the Hickory area of Chesapeake and traveled approximately 4.7 miles. Several agricultural structures were damaged, water pumps lost pressure and several thousand customers lost power.
Crews are on scene in Virginia Beach working to confirm a possible EF-0 tornado that caused damage to a significant amount of structures. Early reports also indicate that two tornadoes touched down in Northern Virginia, one in Herndon and one in Arlington. Several structures were also destroyed or damaged in Orange and Fauquier counties, but no determination has been made as to whether or not this damage was caused by a tornado.
VDEM regional teams continue working with localities and the National Weather Service to assess storm damage, mobilize resources to assist impacted property owners, and continue the recovery process.
“We are still assessing the severity of the severe weather impacts around Virginia, but we know for sure that yesterday’s storms packed a significant amount of power,” said VDEM State Coordinator Dr. Jeff Stern. “While the storms have passed, their effects are still being measured, not just in dollars and cents, but in the lasting impacts to those who were in their path. With two tornado-producing storms hitting Virginia in less than a week, it is stark reminder for citizens to stay aware of the potential threats to their safety and prepare for potential emergencies.”
For more information about these storms, or how you can keep your home and family safe from threats, visit vaemergency.gov and follow VDEM on Twitter (@VDEM) and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/vaemergency.
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