By: Michael Campbell, News Editor
DINWIDDIE – National Weather Service survey teams confirmed Friday afternoon that a tornado touched down near the Town of McKenney during an early morning series of severe storms.
According to weather officials out of the Wakefield office, surveyors found damage “consistent with an EF-1 tornado” approximately three miles west of McKenney in the county.
On the Enhanced Fujita Scale, used to measure the strength of tornados, an EF-1 tornado would be capable of producing winds between 86 and 110 miles per hour.
“An EF-1 tornado first touched down in far northern Brunswick County, northwest of Rawlings off Baskerville Mill Road,” officials said in their report. “The tornado continued north-northeast into Dinwiddie County along Old
White Oak Road.”
The tornado crossed Old White Oak road near Route 40, then continued north-northeast before a visible damage path ended just north of Lew Jones Road,” the report continued.
Officials with the weather service said surveyors found straight-line wind damage in the area of Gunns Road as well as Manson Church Road.
National Weather Service teams surveyed damage from around the area following a strong line of storms that triggered tornado warnings spanning from Dinwiddie through much of neighboring Chesterfield, along with severe thunderstorm warnings up and down the Interstate 95 corridor between the North Carolina-Virginia border and as far north as Northern Virginia.
Much of the area was under a tornado watch Friday morning due to the anticipated risk of severe weather.
The severe storms prompted school officials to delay the start of classes or outright close for the day due to power outages.
By 8 a.m. Friday, much of the severe threat had diminished for the Dinwiddie area and the I-95 corridor.
Saturday, NWS officials confirmed four additional tornado touchdowns around the region, including an EF-0 near Ivor in Southampton.
“An EF0 tornado first touched down just north of US-460 along Crumpler road (VA-618) just north of the town of Ivor in northern Southampton County,” their analysis stated. “The tornado continued north-northeast, crossing adjacent Warrique Road and Aberdeen Road. The survey team found several trees uprooted along this route, with chunks of asphalt from nearby road construction found to be scattered in the field.”
“There was additional straight line wind damage found along and east of the intersection of White Marsh Road and Walls Bridge as the tornado lifted and passed east of the towns of Dendron and Elberon in southeast Surry County.” NWS officials confirmed.