BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) – Officials with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Blacksburg spent several hours on the ground Saturday morning conducting a survey to determine the ranking of a now-confirmed tornado that spun up Friday morning in Bedford County.
According to officials, the tornado touched down along Route 221 about four miles west of Forest.
While the tornado was on the ground, it traveled northeast and quickly intensified with estimated peak winds of 135 mph – a high-end EF-2.
During the 11 minutes the tornado was on the ground, it traveled 6.3 miles and had a maximum width of 330 yards.
There were two injuries reported with this tornado and 15 homes – including two mobile homes that were completely destroyed.
The tornado came within a few miles of two schools in the area – Forest Middle and Jefferson Forest High. Ivy Hill Golf Course was within about one mile of the path of the tornado.
NWS officials say that 35 structures – including sheds, outbuildings and garages sustained damage. Numerous trees were also toppled or snapped along the path of the tornado.