UPDATE 7:56 p.m.: Crews around southwest Virginia — especially Bedford County and Roanoke County — are cleaning up after severe weather struck the region on Friday, leaving more than 3,200 people without power.

Shortly after the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Warning Friday morning, the Forest Volunteer Fire Department says Bedford Communications received reports of catastrophic damage in the Goode area. Within minutes, crews were dispatched to the 1100 block of Crockett Road for reports of a destroyed home with power lines on the ground and unknown entrapment.

Multiple agencies were put on this natural disaster assignment after the magnitude was confirmed:

Bedford Fire Department
Bedford County Fire And Rescue
Brookville Timberlake Fire Department
Stewartsville-Chamblissburg Fire Department
Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Bedford County Sheriffs Office
VDOT
Lynchburg Fire USAR Team
Appalachian Power
Bedford County Admin

Forest Volunteer Fire Department

Meanwhile, over in Roanoke County, officials say the storm that moved through the area Friday afternoon led to downed trees and power lines, as well as rising water.

According to the Roanoke County Police Department, the following road closures are in place at this time due to flash flooding or storm damage:

  • 6400 block of Bradshaw Road
  • Carlos Drive
  • Bandy Road at Goodman Road
  • 5400 block of Palm Valley Road
  • 2900 block of Harborwood Road
  • Verndale Drive at Orlando Avenue

Police also shared a reminder for motorists about the dangers of driving through high water or around downed power lines.

Appalachian Power is still reporting outages across southwest and central Virginia, but as of 7:56 p.m., here are the localities with the most customers impacted:

  • Roanoke County: 928 customers due to 27 outage cases
  • Campbell County: 555 customers due to nine outage cases
  • Montgomery County: 409 customers due to 15 outage cases
  • Amherst County: 389 customers due to eight outage cases
  • Roanoke City: 389 customers due to 21 outage cases
  • Botetourt County: 354 customers due to 17 outage cases
  • Bedford County: 202 customers due to 19 outage cases


UPDATE 3:52 p.m.: After a potential tornado passed through Bedford County Friday morning, officials announced that more than a dozen structures in the Goode area were damaged in the storm.

After assessing 50 structures in the Crockett Road area following the severe weather on Friday, May 27, the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) says 15 structures received varying levels of damage, including three that were destroyed.

“VDEM and other agencies are working cooperatively to capture the extent of the damage using Crisis Track, a disaster management software. The total footprint of the affected area is about 2.4 miles,” Bedford County said in a statement Friday afternoon.

First responders have now completed secondary searches of all structures that were impacted and have not found anyone. There have also been no reports of any missing individuals in the affected area. First responders are continuing to attempt to contact property owners by phone to assess the need for any resources in the future.

While there were no fatalities connected to this severe weather event, two people reportedly received minor injuries. Officials announced earlier on Friday that there were three reports of minor injuries, but they since learned that was a miscommunication.

By Friday afternoon, the Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue started releasing operational personnel, not including the crews who will remain in the area to clear downed trees and debris. Those issues are being addressed by Appalachian Power and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT).

According to officials, a preliminary report from Appalachian Power estimates that those without power in the area will have their service restored in 24 to 48 hours.

As of 3:43 p.m. on Friday, Appalachian Power says there are plenty of minor outages across southwest and central Virginia, but only four of those localities are reporting more than 100 customers without power:

  • Montgomery County: 361 customers due to four outage cases
  • Giles County: 229 customers due to two outage cases
  • Bedford County: 171 customers due to 12 outage cases
  • Franklin County: 119 customers due to two outage cases

Meanwhile, the temporary shelter at Bedford County Fire and Rescue’s Goode station at 9261 Forest Road will stay open for residents who need assistance until 6 p.m. After that time, you can call 1-855-891-7325 to be connected with resources.

Any Bedford County residents who need bottled water or pre-made meals over the next 24 hours are asked to call 540-586-7665 for assistance.



UPDATE 11:55 a.m.: Officials, first responders, and authorities held a briefing in Bedford County about the significant damage caused by a potential tornado.

The National Weather Service (NWS) says there are now three injuries reported in the Goode area. There are also at least 20 damaged homes, two destroyed mobile homes, and numerous uprooted trees in the area of Langford Lane and Bethany Church Circle/Crockett near Forest.

Emergency response officials say there are multiple structures that are “catastrophic losses,” just stripped down to the foundation and surrounded by debris. In addition, most of the damage reports are either moderate or catastrophic instead of minor.



UPDATE 10:33 a.m.: Bedford County officials released additional details about the extensive storm damage around the Goode area following a possible tornado Friday morning.

According to a statement from the county, at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 27, while a tornado warning was in effect for the area, several neighborhoods sustained “catastrophic structural damage” in the Crockett Road area.

As of this writing, officials say there have been no reports of any fatalities, but one minor injury has been reported.

Bedford County first responders are conducting extensive search and rescue operations, making sure every home is thoroughly searched. They are also trying to determine the “footprint of the damage,” according to officials.

A temporary shelter has been set up at the Bedford County Fire and Rescue station in Goode — located at 9261 Forest Road — to help anyone who has been displaced as a result of the storms. If you need any assistance traveling to the shelter, you are asked to call 540-586-7665.

Bethany Church Circle is closed, so residents are asked to avoid the area.

Bedford County officials are set to hold a briefing about this severe weather at 11:30 a.m. on Friday. You can watch this news conference live here on WFXRtv.com, on the WFXR News Facebook page, or on the WFXR News app



UPDATE 9:46 a.m.: At least 20 homes in Bedford County are damaged after a possible tornado passed through the area Friday morning.

The NWS says a large amount of the storm damage is located about two miles northeast of Goode in Bedford. According to officials, 20 homes are damaged, two mobile homes are destroyed, and numerous trees are uprooted in the area around Langford Lane and Bethany Church Circle near Forest.

This is a photo of storm damage in Bedford County on May 27, 2022. (Photo: Josh Good/WFXR News)

“Possible tornado strike in the Goode area of the county,” the Huddleston Volunteer Fire Department wrote on Facebook. “Large area of damage being reported as well as roads blocked. Numerous fire and rescue agencies are responding to the area. Please stay clear of the Goode area as more traffic would cause more complications.”

The Town of Bedford says public works crews are trying to clear the roads of trees, debris, and flash flooding.

Meanwhile, as of 9:28 a.m. on Friday, May 27, Appalachian Power says at least 5,877 customers are dealing with outages in the following localities:

  • Bedford County: 1,683 customers due to 19 outage cases
  • Franklin County: 1,063 customers due to three outage cases
  • Montgomery County: 1,019 customers due to five outage case
  • Roanoke County: 804 customers due to 18 outage cases
  • Wythe County: 491 customers due to six outage cases
  • Roanoke City: 457 customers due to 16 outage cases
  • Henry County: 135 customers due to eight outage cases
  • Lynchburg: 75 customers due to five outage cases
  • Galax: 29 customers due to four outage cases
  • Floyd County: 27 customers due to four outage cases
  • Amherst County: 20 customers due to five outage cases
  • Carroll County: 20 customers due to four outage cases
  • Grayson County: 19 customers due to five outage cases
  • Patrick County: 13 customers due to five outage cases
  • Botetourt County: 10 customers due to four outage cases
  • Pulaski County: Seven customers due to three outage cases
  • Giles County: Five customers due to two outage cases
  • Bland County: Less than five customers due to two outage cases
  • Campbell County: Less than five customers due to one outage case


(WFXR) — Thousands of people across southwest and central Virginia are without power as damage reports start to roll in following Friday morning’s storms.

As of 8:29 a.m. on Friday, May 27, Appalachian Power says at least 4,620 customers are dealing with outages in the following localities:

  • Bedford County: 1,672 customers due to 20 outage cases
  • Franklin County: 1,013 customers due to five outage cases
  • Montgomery County: 764 customers due to one outage case
  • Wythe County: 488 customers due to five outage cases
  • Roanoke County: 221 customers due to 14 outage cases
  • Floyd County: 95 customers due to three outage cases
  • Roanoke City: 88 customers due to eight outage cases
  • Henry County: 87 customers due to seven outage cases
  • Giles County: 76 customers due to three outage cases
  • Galax: 29 customers due to four outage cases
  • Patrick County: 29 customers due to three outage cases
  • Grayson County: 18 customers due to four outage cases
  • Carroll County: 17 customers due to four outage cases
  • Botetourt County: Eight customers due to three outage cases
  • Pulaski County: Eight customers due to two outage cases
  • Amherst County: Seven customers due to three outage cases
  • Bland County: Less than five customers due to one outage case
  • Lynchburg: Less than five customers due to two outage cases
More than 4,620 customers in this area are without power as of 8:29 a.m. on May 27, 2022. (Photo courtesy: Appalachian Power)

Meanwhile, the National Weather Service (NWS) Blacksburg says there are already reports of damage coming in from Friday morning’s severe weather around the region.

If you experienced storm damage, you are encouraged to notify the NWS by following this link, emailing rnk.skywarn@noaa.gov, calling 1-866-215-4324, or messaging the NWS Blacksburg on Twitter or Facebook.

This is a developing story.