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Saturday severe reports; tornadoes confirmed

tornado plot

The line of severe storms that moved through central and eastern Virginia Saturday afternoon caused multiple reports of wind damage.  In some cases, the winds reported exceeded 75 mph, which is hurricane strength.

Within our viewing area, the following wind speeds were reported:

  • 82 mph   Toano, James City county
  • 68 mph   Gwynns Island, Mathews county
  • 60 mph   Wakefield, Sussex county
  • 55 mph   Ettrick, Colonial Heights
  • 50 mph   Jamestown
  • 44 mph   Yorktown

A sample of the wind damage reports:

  • Toano — numerous trees/power lines down, trees on houses
  • Prince George — tree down on garage
  • Waverly — glass porch blown out
  • northern Gloucester county — numerous trees down, several homes damaged

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Multiple counties, including Sussex and Surry, were issued tornado warnings around 3 p.m. Saturday.

The National Weather Service in Wakefield has done preliminary damage surveys of some of the damage, and has confirmed three actual tornado touch-downs so far.

tornado plot

LOCATION:  3 MILES SE OF ISLE OF WIGHT COURTHOUSE
DATE:  JANUARY 11, 2014
ESTIMATED TIME:  3:32 PM TO 3:35 PM EST
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED:  70 TO 75 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH:  50 YARDS
PATH LENGTH:  2.0 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...36.8769N / 76.6721W
ENDING LAT/LON...36.8902N / 76.6409W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

SUMMARY
AFTER REVIEW OF RADAR OBSERVATIONS AND A GROUND SURVEY...THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CONFIRMED A EF-0 TORNADO ACROSS FAR
EASTERN ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY...ABOUT 3 MILES SOUTHEAST OF ISLE OF
WIGHT COURTHOUSE...SATURDAY AFTERNOON JANUARY 11 2014.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN ON BOB WHITE RD...JUST NORTH OF WOODLAND
DR...THEN CONTINUED NORTHEASTWARD ABOUT 2 MILES...NEARLY PARALLELING
WOODLAND DR. BEFORE LIFTING NEAR QUAKER RD. NUMEROUS TREES WERE
DOWN. SOME TREES FELL NEAR HOMES. SOME HOMES SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE.

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LOCATION:  ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, VA -- 3.5 MILES NW OF SMITHFIELD
DATE:  JANUARY 11, 2014
ESTIMATED TIME:  3:32 PM TO 3:34 PM EST
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING:  EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED:  75 TO 80 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH:  100 YARDS
PATH LENGTH:  1.4 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...37.0250N / 76.6377W
ENDING LAT/LON...37.0354N / 76.6167W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

SUMMARY
AFTER REVIEW OF RADAR OBSERVATIONS AND A GROUND SURVEY...THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CONFIRMED A EF-0 TORNADO ACROSS FAR
NORTHERN ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY...ABOUT 3.5 MILES NORTHWEST OF
SMITHFIELD...SATURDAY AFTERNOON JANUARY 11 2014.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN JUST NORTH OF RT 10...THEN CONTINUED
NORTHEASTWARD INTO THE MOGARTS BEACH AREA. MANY TREES AND SOME POWER
LINES WERE DOWN. SOME TREES FELL ON HOMES AND VEHICLES. THE TORNADO
WAS ON THE GROUND ABOUT 1.4 MILES BEFORE DISSIPATING OVER THE JAMES
RIVER.

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LOCATION:  HAMPTON, VA -- FOX HILL AREA
DATE:  JANUARY 11, 2014
ESTIMATED TIME:  3:50 PM TO 3:53 PM EST
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING:  EF-0
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED:  80 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH:  75 YARDS
PATH LENGTH:  1.25 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...37.08N / 76.30W
ENDING LAT/LON...37.09N / 76.285W
* FATALITIES...0
* INJURIES...0

SUMMARY
AFTER REVIEW OF RADAR OBSERVATIONS AND A GROUND SURVEY...THE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS CONFIRMED A EF-0 TORNADO ACROSS THE FOX
HILL AREA IN THE NORTHERN SECTION OF THE CITY OF HAMPTON ON THE
AFTERNOON OF SATURDAY JANUARY 11 2014.

THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR ROUTTEN ROAD AND CABELL LANE...WHERE
AROUND 50 TREES WERE SNAPPED AND HOMES HAD 10 TO 20 PERCENT OF THEIR
ROOF SHINGLES BLOWN OFF. THE TORNADO TRAVELED EAST-NORTHEAST...
DAMAGING THE ROOF OF THE FOX HILL CENTRAL METHODIST CHURCH...AND
COMPLETELY RIPPING THE ROOF OFF OF THE CITY OF HAMPTON SCHOOL
MAINTENANCE COMPOUND ON WIND MILL POINT ROAD. THE TORNADO MOVED TO
CANAL ROAD...SNAPPING TREES...DAMAGING RESIDENTIAL ROOFTOPS AND
BLOWING OUT THE WINDOWS OF AN AUTOMOBILE. THE TORNADO CONTINUED ON
TO COMPLETELY DESTROY THE FOX HILL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION BUILDING AT
THE NIKE SITE ON GRUNDLAND DRIVE...BEFORE ENDING AT THE MARSHES OF
THE GRANDVIEW NATURE PRESERVE.
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