Five year anniversary of tornado outbreak
On April 28, 2008, an outbreak of tornadoes hit southern and southeastern Virginia during the afternoon hours.
The first tornado struck Virgilina just after 1 p.m. The second tornado moved across Brunswick county just before 3 p.m. The next tornado hit Colonial Heights at 3:40 p.m.
Additional tornadoes hit southeast Virginia the rest of the afternoon. The Middle Peninsula was affected by a tornado that traveled from Gloucester to Mathews county.
The biggest tornado, an EF-3, cut a path from Suffolk to Norfolk by late afternoon.
The EF scale, which is the “Enhanced Fujita” scale, is a measure of tornado strength based on wind speed and damage. It is named after Theodore Fujita, who created the original “F-Scale”.
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