Fishersville-Waynesboro tornado confirmed as an EF-1
The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-1 tornado touched down Tuesday, max winds of 90 mph
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - The National Weather Service preliminary report has Tuesday’s tornado as an EF-1 with maximum winds of 90 mph. The path length was 6 miles with a width of 75 yards.
The tornado touched down at 1:04 pm in Fishersville near Barterbrook Road and headed east.
Many trees were snapped and uprooted with significant damage to a farm on the 1100 block of Tinkling Spring Road. The tornado then passed through the intersection of Tinkling Spring Road and Ramsey Road.
From there the tornado moved eastward near the intersection of Tinkling Spring Road and Ivy Ridge Road. It ran parallel to Ladd Road and crossed I-64 near Hickory Hill Road.
The tornado then entered the City of Waynesboro and crossed Lew Dewitt Blvd near Bookerdale Road. It then moved and caused damage near Sterling Drive and Parker Heights Road near the Waynesboro water tower. It lifted near Wayneridge Road at 1:15 pm. No fatalities or injuries with the tornado. You can view the full survey here.
This was caused by a cold front crossing Tuesday that led to quite the interesting afternoon in some areas of Augusta County. Due to sunshine Tuesday morning, that added instability to the atmosphere. There was also a stalled boundary that started lifting north in Augusta County which helped to trigger this one storm.
The storm was severe warned with a severe thunderstorm warning. It also dropped hail from Middlebrook to Waynesboro with heavy hail in Fishersville.
The reason we weren’t calling this a tornado despite the damage reports was because WHSV didn’t see the video until close to 6pm on Tuesday. The damage photos all sent in didn’t look like tornado damage. Remember severe thunderstorms can have winds of 60-110mph! So it wasn’t until multiple videos were sent in, that led to the NWS to conclude there was a tornado.
(More video of the tornado at the bottom of this page)
A private weather station in Lyndhurst recorded a wind gust at 51mph and at the Amazon facility being built in Fishersville, a gust of 74mph.
Here’s another video of the torando from Jeffrey Walker.
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