EF-0 tornado touched down in Windsor area, NWS confirms; church damaged

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WINDSOR, Va. (WAVY) — A tornado touched down in Windsor on Thursday night as strong storms came through eastern Virginia, damaging a church and other property.

The National Weather Service confirmed the EF-0 (weak tornado with 65 to 85 mph winds) touched down just east of Route 258 around the unincorporated town of Walters and moved east/northeast and uprooted multiple trees near Ballard Road. It then crossed Ballard and destroyed a garage, knocked down a pole barn and damaged a roof of a house near Colosse Road.

The tornado kept moving east, roughly following Rhodes Drive, and blew off part of the roof at Colosse Baptist Church. It did some more tree damage before lifting just after crossing Spivey Town Road, the NWS says.

The path of the tornado was about 4 miles long in total, with a maximum width of 150 yards. It happened between about 9:27 p.m. and 9:31 p.m.

No injures were reported.

On Friday morning, WAVY’s Kiahnna Patterson reported about the damage at Colosse Baptist Church.

Rhodes Drive was shut down Thursday night from Little Norfolk Road to Colosse Road. Power lines and trees were down in the area as well.

“Also use extra caution on the backroads due to storm damage to include trees down and possibly power lines as well. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in keeping all personnel working the incidents safe,” the fire department said.

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