LYNCHBURG, Va. — About 4,600 customers remained without power Tuesday morning, days after a tornado ripped through parts of central Virginia.
The National Weather Service estimated the tornado’s top wind speeds were 130 mph (210 kph) when it struck Lynchburg as well as Campbell and Amherst counties on Sunday evening.
The tornado cut a path about six football fields wide in places for 20 miles (30 kilometers) as it tore through Campbell and Amherst counties. Damage was particularly heavy in the Lynchburg and Danville areas.
The weather service estimated that a dozen people were injured. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam had declared a state of emergency on Monday.
In Amherst County, county administrator Dean Rodgers said about 20 homes were destroyed and multiple people were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The Danville Register & Bee also reported that two homes were heavily damaged by fallen trees.
Campbell County spokeswoman Sherry Harding says the damage in Amherst County alone is estimated at $3.7 million.
John Fuqua, who lives in Amherst, told the Lynchburg News & Advance that the damage “was pretty devastating with the amount of big, mature trees uprooted like it was nothing.”
“There’s a telephone pole that’s snapped like a toothpick,” Fuqua said. “Nothing has ever taken place like that before.”
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