NWS: 7 tornadoes spawned by Tropical Storm Isaias ravage Virginia

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National Weather Service researching five reported tornadoes in Virginia

WAKEFIELD, Va. (WRIC) – The National Weather Service confirms that at least seven tornadoes touched down in Virginia in the wake of Tropical Storm Isaias.

The National Weather Service said on Tuesday that they had received more than a dozen reports for tornadoes related to Tropical Storm Isaias, and five of those locations were in Virginia. In an email sent to news media, NWS Wakefield lists 12 areas where officials were working to confirm tornadoes. Locations in Virginia include:

  • Courtland
  • Suffolk
  • James City County
  • Fleeton / Buzzards Bar
  • Kilmarnock

Other reported locations were in Maryland and North Carolina. A tornado in Bertie County, North Carolina was rated a level three on the Enhanced Fujita scale. The storm reached an estimated 140 to 145 mph winds and completely destroyed several mobile homes in the area.

The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday that an E-F Two tornado touched down in Courtland. It was confirmed that two tornadoes in Suffolk and one in James City County also reached landfall.

The NWS later confirmed three more tornadoes from Tuesday. An E-F Two tornado starting in Lancaster County and ending in Northumberland County traveled for 15.6 miles causing significant damage to multiple homes. A E-F One hurricane that traveled for 2.2 miles and caused some damage to homes brings Northumberland County’s tornado count to two for Tuesday. In Gloucester County an E-F One tornado left behind some damage on land after likely developing as a water spout over the York River.

The National Weather Service adds that their team will continue to work to confirm if twisters touched down in other areas.

Stay with 8News as we continue to follow Tropical Storm Isaias and the impact on Virginia.

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