August 6, 1993 Tornado Outbreak in Virginia


The August 6, 1993 Tornado outbreak is considered the worst outbreak of tornadoes in the history of the state. A total of 22 tornadoes raked the eastern third of the state. The most severe storm was an F4 tornado which ripped through a shopping center in Colonial Heights. Other F0 through F2 tornadoes swept across the Richmond Metro area.... Surry/Sussex counties.... and the southern portion of the Hampton Roads area. The most unusual aspect of this outbreak was the time of year in which it occurred - August. The synoptic situation featured a strong shortwave trough and associated cold front, both of which were unusually strong for the month of August.