ELON, Va. (WFXR) — On April 15, 2018, strong to severe storms passed through Southwest and Central Virginia. Several tornadoes touched down, including a strong EF-3 twister.
In total, six tornadoes touched down during the outbreak. These tornadoes ranged in intensity from EF-0 to EF-3.
The strongest tornado touched down in northwest Campbell County—just east of the Lynchburg Regional Airport—around 7:00 p.m. The storm produced EF-1 to EF-2 damage as it moved northward into the City of Lynchburg.
The tornado reached maximum intensity in Amherst County, near the Elon community. Winds were estimated to be around 150 mph. Several homes were significantly damaged, and many large trees were snapped off and left with no branches. The National Weather Service (NWS) reported a motor home was carried about 30 feet and tipped over.
EF-1 to EF-0 damage occurred north of Elon as the tornado tracked into Central Amherst County. The storm finally dissipated around 7:33 p.m. near Mount Pleasant Road and Stonewall Creek Road.
Overall, the tornado traveled more than 25 miles and stayed on the ground for more than 30 minutes. Since 1950, this is the first-ever tornado within the Lynchburg city limits and the first-ever EF-3 in Amherst County, according to NWS.
At 5:51 p.m., a tornado touched down in Caswell County, N.C. The tornado then moved northeast into Danville, producing EF-1 damage as it passed through the Westover Area. Around 6:10 p.m., the twister finally lifted a few miles southwest of Dry Fork.
Additionally, three separate EF-1 tornadoes moved through Craig County, Bedford County, and Campbell County near the Rustburg area. An EF-0 tornado was reported in northern Amherst County, as well.