New study finds certain parts of Virginia are more susceptible to tornadoes than others
The terms “Tornado Alley” and “Dixie Alley” may be familiar to some of you. The ODU study set out to determine if Virginia has its own tornado alley. The study looked at a few factors: tornado frequency, tornado track and percentage of mobile homes in a given area. There’s a primary “Tornado Alley” in eastern and northern Virginia that includes Richmond, the Tidewater and the D.C. metro area. Although there are not as many mobile homes in those areas, the tornado frequency and track is higher than other parts of the viewing area.
‘Community always comes together’: What happened after the deadly Evergreen tornado five years ago
EVERGREEN, Va. – Wednesday marks five years since a violent tornado with winds up to 145 miles per hour tore through Appomattox County, leading to one person’s death and several others’ injuries. Here’s his account of what happened on Feb. 25, 2016, the day after the tornado, when he visited Evergreen:I remember traveling to Evergreen the day after the tornado. When you’re on-air tracking severe weather, in your mind you’re hoping and praying that the storm is behaving itself and that it’s not doing any damage at all to the communities you’re talking about on TV. And the scenes from Evergreen were like what I saw in Tornado Alley, not in Virginia. I remember meeting the Appomattox County High School softball team as they were cleaning up debris left behind.
How a NOAA weather radio may have saved an Alabama family from a tornado
He tweeted that his NOAA weather radio alerted him about the tornado and he was able to evacuate his wife and baby from their bedroom. Thank u weather radio! Weather radios came in handy during the Nashville tornado last year when cell phone towers went down and residents lost their access to weather app alerts. Why NOAA weather radios are useful (Copyright 2021 by WSLS 10 - All rights reserved.) Consider buying and programming an NOAA weather radio for your home, so you’re prepared the next time severe weather threatens our corner of the Commonwealth!
Zeta likely to have more of an impact on us than previous storms
Hourly planner for Tuesday, 10/27/2020We’ll be warmer Wednesday, with Zeta making landfall along the Gulf Coast during the evening. Some pockets may be heavy, but we don’t expect any strong winds at this time. FutureTracker - early Thursday morningWhere Zeta differs from the six previous storms we’ve dealt with is that it will be moving quickly. This means high wind gusts will be a threat between Noon and 6 p.m. Thursday, in addition to tropical downpours. FutureTracker - early Thursday eveningOnce Zeta moves to the east, the wind will stay strong through Friday even though much of the day will be dry.
Tornado warning expired for parts of Franklin, Henry, Patrick counties
RONAOKE, Va. – The National Weather Service has expired a tornado warning for parts of Henry, Franklin and Patrick counties. The warning was originally set to expire at 3:45 p.m. This warning effected north-central Henry County, Southwestern Franklin County and Northeastern Patrick County. At 3:17 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Endicott, 7 miles southwest of Ferrum, moving east at 10 mph.
National Weather Service rates Botetourt County tornado an EF0
FINCASTLE, Va. – On Tuesday, the National Weather Service announced the rating for the tornado that touched down in Botetourt County on Saturday. Your Local Weather Authority was on the air Saturday evening after the National Weather Service in Blacksburg issued a tornado warning for parts of Botetourt and Rockbridge counties. A day or so later, the National Weather Service fielded calls of damage to trees on a property near Lee Lane. Monday, a crew went to survey the damage and found that the damage was consistent with that of a tornado. Her neighbor is a weather spotter and sent photos of the damage to the National Weather Service.
Tornado warning expires for Botetourt, Rockbridge counties
BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. – A tornado warning issued for Botetourt County and Rockbridge County has expired. The warning covered southwestern Rockbridge County and north-central Botetourt County. The warning followed a first warning that was issued for central Botetourt County at about 6:45 p.m. and expired at 7:30 p.m. The video above was captured by Kayleigh Addington at about 6:30 p.m. in Haymakertown, Virginia, in Botetourt County. This video below was sent to 10 News of the possible tornado spotted in Botetourt County.
Would you know what to do during a tornado? We have tips
As mid-May arrives, tornado season begins to reach its peak, proving to be a big threat, and nearly every state in the United States can experience a tornado. Having said that, do you know the safest things you can do for you and your family should a tornado strike near your home? Because of that, it’s smart to consider what room may be safest for you, in the event of a tornado. Mobile homes are simply not designed to withstand a tornado or strong winds in severe storms. [WATCH: When you see a tornado while driving, here’s what to do]The time to find shelter is when you are under a tornado warning, so while all of this is helpful information, the best thing you can do is know the signs before a tornado hits.
WEATHER HOMESCHOOL Episode 6: Chris’ coolest clouds
ROANOKE, Va. – The weather this past week has been pretty crazy. From temperatures in the 80s to severe storms to high wind and snow, we’ve seen just about everything. This episode of Weather Homeschool shows those clouds, using viewer pictures, and shows us how they form. The three main types that we display here are wall clouds, shelf clouds and mammatus clouds. If you have any weather-related topics that you’d like me to talk about on Weather Homeschool, let me know!
Tornado warning expires for parts of Roanoke and Montgomery counties
ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – UPDATE: The National Weather Service has expired the tornado warning early. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for parts of Roanoke and Montgomery counties. At 3:37 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Huffman, or near Mountain Lake, moving southeast at 35 mph. Tornado Warning on April 8 Tornado warning issued parts of for parts Roanoke and Montgomery counties. At one point, the warning covered parts of Craig and Giles counties, but that has since been lifted in those areas.
Virginia Severe Weather Preparedness Week starts Monday
ROANOKE, Va. – Spring officially begins on Thursday and during this new season, we often experience increased severe weather in southwest Virginia. When severe weather threatens, there is often confusion on the difference between a “watch” and a “warning.” Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when conditions are favorable for the formation of severe storms. A severe thunderstorm warning will be issued when a storm has already become severe or soon will. Severe thunderstorm watch vs. warning (3/15/2020) (WSLS)Tornado alerts are broken down into three categories: watch, warning and emergency. You’ll hear from some of the victims, plus other severe weather preparedness stories each day this week on 10 News at 5 p.m.
Tuesday morning’s Putnam County, TN tornado rated EF-4
PUTNAM COUNTY, Tn. – The National Weather Service in Nashville continues to reveal details of Tuesday’s early morning tornadoes that wreaked havoc on the middle part of the Volunteer State. The newest information released Wednesday night was that an EF-4 tornado touched down in Putnam County, killing 18 and injuring 88. Three people are still unaccounted for, according to the National Weather Service. EF-4 moved through Putnam County, TN early Tuesday morningThe path length and width of the storm will be determined, as surveying continues.
God’s Pit Crew preparing to provide aid after Tennessee deadly tornado
DANVILLE, Va. – God’s Pit Crew is communicating with contacts in Tennessee after Monday night’s deadly tornadoes ripped through part of the state. “We have been in contact with churches and people who are in the affected areas, and GPC will be ready to respond accordingly as more information on the current needs is gathered,” said Brandon Nuckles, chief operating officer for God’s Pit Crew. As tornado season arrives, God’s Pit Crew is ready to respond by having plenty of Blessing Buckets and relief supplies on-hand. On Friday and Saturday, GPC will have a Pop-Up Blessing Bucket Drive at the Danville Walmart at Mount Cross Road and the Walmart Neighborhood Market in Nordan from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. volunteers will be collecting essential relief items that go inside the Blessing Buckets. For those who can’t make it to this weekend’s drive and would like to help support God’s Pit Crew’s disaster responses or Blessing Bucket program, you can visit godspitcrew.org/donate and select “Disaster Response” or “Blessing Buckets” as your gift designation.
Tornado Watch for parts of Southside cancelled
ROANOKE, Va. – Although the watch was initially scheduled to expire at 5 p.m., the National Weather Service canceled it shortly after 1:20 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for multiple counties in Southside Virginia until 5 p.m.At 11 a.m., the watch was issued for Halifax, Henry and Pittsylvania counties, as well as the cities of Danville and Martinsville. Remember, a watch means that storms containing damaging wind will be possible. If a warning is issued, that is when you take action.
National Weather Service releases information about Friday's storms
ROANOKE, Va. – The National Weather Service in Blacksburg went out to Giles and Pulaski counties on Saturday to survey the damage caused by Friday night's storms. It has been determined that an EF-1 tornado touched down in Bella Vista in Pulaski county from 8:10 to 8:11 p.m. Friday. The tornado was embedded within the storm and was determined to be 50 yards wide and a quarter of a mile long. "It's a pretty chaotic debris field," National Weather Service Blacksburg meteorologist Mike Sporer said while surveying. Most of the damage is up the road a quarter mile, but we got our share of it here as well."