Three years later: April 15, 2018 tornado outbreak revisited

Lynchburg & Central Virginia News

ELON, Va. (WFXR) — Three years ago, a series of violent storms moved through Virginia, spawning several tornadoes and generating damaging straight line winds.

Six tornadoes touched down during the outbreak, ranging in intensity from EF-0 to EF-3.

The EF-3 was defined in the long track twister that touched down just west of the Lynchburg Airport at 7 p.m. on April 15, 2018, but it didn’t lift off the ground until 7:33 p.m. in central Amherst County.

The cyclone traveled over 25 miles and left a devastating path of destruction, arguably the most impacted location was the Town on Elon in Amherst County.

The region has since recovered, but the memory of that dreadful evening three years ago remains.

The American Red Cross was instrumental in helping the folks in the area cope with the tragedy as the community came together to to heal.

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