Tornado confirmed in Botetourt County on Saturday, National Weather Service says

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BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The National Weather Service (NWS) confirmed a tornado did hit Botetourt County over the weekend.

The tornado hit near 302 Lee Lane in Fincastle on Saturday, August 1.

Kimberly Smith, Steven Slaubaugh and their family live along Lee Lane. Kimberly says she thought it was a regular thunderstorm with heavy rainfall and lightning. However, the wind seemed stronger and different than a regular storm.

“We saw some wisping, rotating…it was like fog or light clouds,” Kimberly explained. “My kids said ‘is that a tornado?’ I said ‘I don’t think a tornado will happen here.'”

Once the winds calmed down, the family looked out their kitchen window and saw that a treetop had snapped. They saw more tree damage Sunday and Monday.

A NWS Storm Damage Survey Team arrived at the property Monday morning. The team analyzed the damage on foot and by drone, and later determined that a tornado touched down in the area Saturday night.

“This determination was based on tree damage, but all other details about this tornado will be released when the survey has been completed today or Tuesday,” the NWS said in a statement Monday.

“It’s unusual,” Steve said. “Definitely not something you’d expect or see everyday.”

No one was hurt and the damage was mainly limited to the trees on the family’s property.

Due to rainy weather, the NWS Storm Damage Survey Team will resume their survey Tuesday. Additional information regarding the tornado’s strength and path are expected to be released once they have completed their survey.

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