2 Year Stuarts Draft Tornado Anniversary

Today, April 16th, is the 2 year anniversary of a tornado that struck Stuarts Draft.

Two years ago, an EF-1 tornado struck Stuarts Draft.

It was a Saturday, I vividly remember this day because I was working and there was a very slight possibility of rotating storms that day.

This is a look at the image from that day from the Storm Prediction Center.

We were in the SLIGHT risk of severe storms, anytime you are outlined in slight risk that means there is a good chance you should see some severe storms.

The entire storm system was part of a tornado outbreak that happened from April 14th-April 16th, 2011.

During those three days, there were 178 confirmed tornadoes.

This is a look at preliminary storm reports on April 16th from the Storm Prediction Center.

Notice in NW Virginia the blue dots, those are wind reports that impacted our area as well.

Those strong winds brought trees and power lines down in our area.

Even though this was a strong outbreak, there was a worse outbreak still to come later that month.

Here is the detailed info from the National Weather Service.

LOCATION...2 MI SW STUARTS DRAFT TO 2 MI N STUARTS DRAFT VIRGINIA
DATE...APRIL 16 2011
ESTIMATED START TIME...220 PM EDT
ESTIMATED END TIME...223 PM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-1
MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...95 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...200 YARDS
LENGTH...4.1 MILES
BEGINNING LAT/LON...38.0182N / 79.0703W
ENDING LAT/LON...38.0637N / 79.0307W
* FATALITIES...NONE
* INJURIES...NONE

The tornado tracked just west of Stuarts Draft. Here is the 4 mile path of the tornado, as it touched down around Cranberry Drive, and most of the damage was in the Cranberry estates neighborhood.

Winds peaked at 95mph according to the National Weather Service.

This particular tornado damaged 37 structures.

From the Cranberry neighborhood, the tornado tracked Northwest across Indian Ridge Rd, and Rt. 340.

It paralleled, and stayed just west of Tinkling Springs Rd, and finally weakened and dissipated just before it got to Guthrie Rd, Rt 652.  This image is from CNN I-Report

According to the National Weather Service, damage included:
12 Residents
3 Businesses
15 Garages/Sheds
2 Mobile Structures
5 Barns

The total estimated damage, $2.2 Million dollars.

That was not the only tornado in our area in April of 2011, there was a major outbreak at the end of the month. I will be blogging about that and sharing some stories at the end of the month. For local tornado information, be sure to check out our new Local Weather Data page: www.whsv.com/weather/misc/188141191.html

The tornado data is towards the end of the Local Weather Data page.

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