Ten years ago: Two “rare significant” tornadoes touched down in Pulaski County

New River Valley News

Photo Courtesy: US National Weather Service Blacksburg VA

PULASKI COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — April 8, 2021, marks the 10th anniversary of two tornadoes that impacted Pulaski County in 2011.

Several strong storms moved into southwest Virginia on the evening of Friday, April 8, 2011. Some of these storms became supercells, which contain very strong and rotating updrafts. Supercells are capable of producing severe weather such as damaging downburst winds, large hail, and sometimes tornadoes.

One of these supercells tracked into Pulaski County and conditions were in place for tornado development.

After the storm, survey crews determined two tornadoes touched down in the county.

Photo Courtesy: US National Weather Service Blacksburg VA

The first tornado touched down just before sunset in the southwest portion of the Town of Pulaski, and resulted in high-end EF2 damage (winds up to 125 mph).

The second tornado tracked across I-81 and through Draper around 7:40 p.m., resulting in high-end EF1 damage (winds up to 110 mph).

There were no fatalities reported during these tornadoes, but there were several minor injuries.

More than 50 homes were destroyed or suffered major damage. There was a total of 267 structures with at least minor damage. Damages totaled around $5 million.

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