ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Do you know your weather stuff? If you’re a meteorology buff, see if you can correctly guess this WFXR Weather Trivia question!
Since 1950, how many EF4 tornadoes have impacted Virginia?
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Two EF4 tornadoes have touched down in Virginia since 1950. According to the National Weather Service (NWS), EF4 tornadoes have estimated three-second wind gusts of 166-200 mph.
On August 6, 1993, an EF4 tornado tore a path between Petersburg and Hopewell.
- Numerous homes and businesses sustained major damage in the Petersburg area. Overall, 40 people were injured in the city.
- The tornado destroyed and damaged multiple buildings and businesses in Colonial Heights. One of the buildings was a Wal-Mart, where three people were killed and nearly 200 were injured.
- The tornado later crossed into Prince George County where it struck a sand and gravel pit company. A block building collapsed. Numerous vehicles and other equipment were destroyed. One person was killed.
- The dangerous tornado then moved into the northern section of Hopewell, where it ripped into an apartment complex and tore the roofs off of several buildings. Eight people were reported injured.
A tornado outbreak impacted the Baltimore-Washington D.C. metropolitan area on September 24, 2001. The first tornado in this outbreak was an EF4 tornado in Culpepper County. The tornado touched down in Rixeyville and dissipated near the Rappahannock River in Fauquier County.
- The dangerous tornado flattened a three-story brick house near Rixeyville. Debris from the house was found half a mile away.
- The tornado weakened as it struck Jeffersonton. NWS reported extensive tree damage. Four churches and four trailers were damaged. Three other trailers were destroyed in a trailer park.
- The tornado continued northeast of Jeffersonton. It damaged the porch and roof of a house, damaged the sunroom of another home, and destroyed a garage.