Franklin County was ravaged by an EF-3 tornado two years ago today

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Happy Monday and welcome to another edition of the Beyond The Forecast newsletter! It’s a bittersweet day for some folks in Franklin County as they look back at an EF-3 tornado that moved through two years ago.

The twister’s path was 8.2 miles long and 250 yards wide. It reached maximum wind speeds of 159 miles per hour and injured two people.

The National Weather Service (NWS) office in Blacksburg conducted the storm survey. You can read about the nitty-gritty details here.

The damage pictured in the header of this newsletter happened on Windy Ridge Road, north of Sydnorsville. Below, you see a modular home on Fishburn Mountain Road that was destroyed by the tornado.

Archived radar data shows exactly when the storm was moving through, around 10:30 a.m. on April 19, 2019.

The arrows point out the rotation couplet on velocity data in the upper right panel and the tornado debris signature on correlation coefficient data in the upper left panel.


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