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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
550 PM EDT Tue Apr 17 2018

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR SOUTHERN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY AND THE 
CITY OF DANVILLE FOR A TORNADO EVENT ON SUNDAY APRIL 15 2018...

The National Weather Service has completed a survey of damage that
impacted the City of Danville of southern Pittsylvania County. The
damage assessment is still ongoing for the remainder of the county.   

For this part of the damage survey, an EF1 tornado has been 
confirmed with a path length of 12.0 miles, with maximum winds
of 110 mph.  Specifics:  

Start Location...Just SW Danville City in Pittsylvania County VA
End Location...2 miles SW of Dry Fork in Pittsylvania County VA
Date...April 15 2018 (Sunday)
Estimated Time..554 to 610 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...110 mph
Maximum Path Width...175 yards
Path Length...12.0 miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...36.556 / -79.485
Ending Lat/Lon...36.731, -79.422
* Fatalities...0
* Injuries...0

...Summary...

On Sunday April 15, 2018, a tornado touched down in southwestern
Pittsylvania County, Virginia, just southwest of Old Mayfield
Road. The tornado then moved northeast doing EF1 damage as it
passed through the Westover Area of the City of Danville,
producing a continuous path of damage before lifting northeast 
of Pleasant Gap Drive, a few miles to the southwest of Dry Fork, VA.   

Numerous trees were damaged or destroyed. Minor structural 
damage occurred to homes, mainly roof damage. Several outbuildings
were destroyed.  Worst of the damage was sustained to a farm on
R and L Smith Road.

The National Weather Service would like to express sincere gratitude 
to the EMA from Pittsylvania County and the City of Danville, as 
well as the Pittsylvania County Office of Public Safety.


EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

* The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS
Storm Data.

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