National Weather Service confirms EF1 tornado touched down near Wendell

National Weather Service confirms EF1 tornado touched down near Wendell

The National Weather Service has confirmed two EF-1 tornadoes passed through the River Valley Friday night.

Surveyors say a brief EF-1 tornado touched down southeast of El Paso in White County at 10:13 p.m. Friday. The damage is widespread, many homes were destroyed, and 12 people were injured.

The storm tracked to the north, damaging trees, a barn and several homes before crossing Sadie Drive, where homes sustained minor damage to siding and roofs, the National Weather Service said.

County workers have cleared debris off roadways but still need to pick it up off the sides of county roads, he said.

Here's a look at aerial footage surveying storm damage in Central and Southside Virginia.

The tornado cut a 20 mile path starting at about 7 p.m. The storm, which had maximum wind speeds ranging from 110 to 120 miles-per-hour, traveled about three miles, uprooting and snapping trees. Damage was particularly heavy in the Lynchburg and Danville areas. If a twister had gone through a subdivision or mobile-home park, more ripped off shingles and broken windows would have been reported, Brown said. NWS official tornado records go back to 1950.

"It also helps the community as well". The tornado moved quickly northeast, through the Westover area of the city of Danville.

The powerful storm also took a toll on businesses.

It was created to help nonprofits with immediate needs after a disaster, such as replacing a roof that was blown off.

For example, a food bank can apply for money to buy more food to keep up with increased demand as a result of people being displaced by a disaster.

"Other things can be repaired, but we didn't lose anybody", she said.

The funds are available year-round for any disaster.

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