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April 27-28, 2011 Severe Weather

...EF-2 TORNADO TRAVELS OVER 30 MILES IN THE SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF 
VA...

LOCATION...FULKS RUN TO ST LUKE VIRGINIA IN ROCKINGHAM/SHENANDOAH 
COUNTIES DATE...APRIL 28 2011 
ESTIMATED TIME...2:12 AM TO 2:41 AM EDT 
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-2 
MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...130 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...400 YARDS
LENGTH...33.2 MILES 
BEGINNING LAT/LON...38.654N / 78.962W 
ENDING LAT/LON...38.959N / 78.478W
* FATALITIES...NONE
* INJURIES...TWO

* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO 
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT/S/ AND PUBLICATION IN NWS 
STORM DATA.

...SUMMARY...

A GROUND SURVEY CONDUCTED BY THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE...TOGETHER 
WITH RADAR AND EYEWITNESS REPORTS DETERMINED THAT A TORNADO WITH 
PEAK WINDS OF 130 MPH TRACKED FOR OVER 30 MILES ACROSS THE NORTHERN 
SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA. THE TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN NEAR FULKS 
RUN VIRGINIA ALONG THE NORTH FORK OF THE SHENANDOAH RIVER AND 
CREATED NEARLY CONTINUOUS DAMAGE ON ITS 33 MILE NORTHEAST PATH...NOT 
LIFTING UNTIL IT GOT TO ST LUKE VIRGINIA JUST WEST OF WOODSTOCK.

ALONG ITS PATH...THE TORNADO TORE OFF ROOFS FROM BARNS AND HOMES... 
SNAPPED AND UPROOTED HUNDREDS OF TREES...DECIMATED A MOBILE HOME... 
PICKED UP A HALF TON PIECE OF INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT AND TOSSED IT 200 
YARDS...AND DESTROYED NUMEROUS SHEDS. 

THE WORST OF THE DAMAGE WAS JUST EAST OF ORKNEY SPRINGS...BASYE... 
AND BRYCE RESORT. STARTING IN A REMOTE AREA...AND THEN MOVING ACROSS 
ROUTE 263 INTO THE FORESTED SKI AND HUNT CLUB SUBDIVISION...AND THEN 
INTO A FARMING COMMUNITY...THE TORNADO SNAPPED AND UPROOTED MOST OF 
THE LARGE TREES IN THE FOREST WITHIN ITS PATH. IT THEN LEVELED AN 
ENTIRE AGRICULTURAL CHICKEN BUILDING DOWN TO THE FOUNDATION... 
DAMAGED OTHERS...FLIPPED A PICKUP TRUCK ON ITS SIDE AND THREW 
SEVERAL TRAILERS. 

TWO INJURIES WERE REPORTED...AN 82 YEAR OLD FEMALE FROM FLYING 
DEBRIS AND A 26 YEAR OLD WOMAN WITH MINOR INJURIES FROM FALLING 
WHILE ESCAPING.


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Page last modified: Oct 4, 2011 2:52 PM EDT
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