Five tornadoes hit Va., National Weather Service confirms

October 14, 2011

Seven tornadoes touched down in Virginia on Thursday, four within 50 miles of Washington and another in Louisa County, where the recent earthquake was centered, the National Weather Service said.

No injuries were attributed to the twisters, which included one in Fairfax County and a second in Prince William County. Two others were in Fauquier and Stafford Counties.

The Aug. 23 earthquake was centered in Louisa near Mineral. Thursday’s Louisa twister was about 15 miles to the west. It peeled the roof from a plantation house that dates to Colonial days, the weather service said.

It also tore porches from the 1746 structure called Sylvania and felled many trees near Route 15, about 90 miles southwest of the District.

The tornado, in Louisa’s Green Springs historic district, offered within a short span of space and time a second vivid example of nature’s destructive power. In a historic zone, it suggested that history is still being made.

The weather service said it confirmed a tornado in the Clifton area of Fairfax after finding “sporadic damage” on a path from the Colchester area to near Forest Hills. The Triangle area tornado was confirmed Thursday night from radar and video footage showing a funnel cloud and flying debris near Interstate 95.

Late Friday night the weather service said it had confirmed touchdowns near Aquia in Stafford County and near Midland in Fauquier County.

In the Midland area, near the Warranton-Fauquier airport, dozens of trees were twisted and broken. Part of a barn was wrapped around a tree, the weather service said.

Tornadoes were also confirmed near Nasons in Orange County, and in New Kent County, about 100 miles south of the District, the weather service said.

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