Local Tornado History
Official National Weather Service records of tornadoes started in 1950 but we know the United States has had thousands of tornadoes before the start of official records. Through newspaper reports, we do have a few tornadoes locally that have happened before 1950. It can be hard to decipher if damage was straight-line or an actual tornado before official records started but sometimes with the description of the damage it can lead to a conclusion that it most likely was a tornado.
This page is sorted by county in Virginia. West Virginia is below the Virginia counties:
|Mt. Sidney- possible tornado||5-31-1858||Unknown|
|Staunton- possible tornado or derecho||6-4-1911||Unknown|
|West View to Fort Defiance/Mt. Sidney||4-4-1974||F-1|
|Augusta Springs to Swoope||5-4-1990||F-2|
|5 miles ESE of Staunton||7-31-1999||F-1|
|Buffalo Gap to Churchville||4-28-2011||EF-1|
|Fishersville to Waynesboro||4-26-2022||EF-1|
Past tornado coverage from WHSV (Augusta)
|South of Mustoe||5-28-1959||no rating|
Past tornado coverage from WHSV (Rockbridge)
Tornadoes from Rockingham County
|Broadway to Mayland||11-28-1900||Unknown|
|Naked Creek (north Elkton)||8-6-1960||F2|
|Melrose (north of Harrisonburg)||8-15-1975||F1|
|Fulks Run to Shenandoah Co||4-28-2011||EF-2|
Past tornado coverage from WHSV (Rockingham)
Past tornado coverage from Shenandoah County
Hardy County is the only county in our viewing area with no tornado in recorded history (since 1950). Here’s a look below at the few tornadoes in Grant and Hardy County.
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