UPDATE: National Weather Service Storm Survey Team out of Blacksburg has confirmed damage in Pittsylvania county near Blairs was caused by an EF1 tornado. The tornado tracked from White Oak Mountain Road, to the Intersection of Highway 29 and Toy Lane.
- Numerous trees snapped or uprooted
- Three large ventilator systems were ripped off the roof of Unique Industries
- Two tractor trailers overturned
- One house sustained minor roof damage
EFI tornadoes have winds of 86 - 110mph and can do significant property damage.
National Weather Service meteorologists in Blacksburg say the EF1 tornado that struck Pittsylvania County, VA Wednesday night was only the 4th November tornado in the forecast area since 1950.
Here's the complete public information statement from the storm survey team.
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA 210 PM EST THU NOV 17 2011 ...TORNADO CONFIRMED NEAR JUST SOUTH OF DRY FORK IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY VIRGINIA... LOCATION...JUST SOUTH OF DRY FORK IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY VIRGINIA DATE...NOVEMBER 16 2011 ESTIMATED START TIME...06:55 PM EST ESTIMATED END TIME.....06:58 PM EST MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF1 ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...100 MPH MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...125 YARDS PATH LENGTH...INTERMITTENTLY 2.3 MILES BEGINNING LAT/LONG...36.725N / 79.427W ENDING LAT/LONG......36.732N / 79.381W * FATALITIES...0 * INJURIES...0 * THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN NWS STORM DATA. ...SUMMARY... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN BLACKSBURG VA HAS CONFIRMED A TORNADO NEAR JUST SOUTH OF DRY FORK IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY VIRGINIA ON NOVEMBER 16 2011. A TORNADO...RATED AS AN EF1...TOUCHED DOWN JUST SOUTH OF DRY FORK IN PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY NEAR WHITE OAK MOUNTAIN ROAD. NUMEROUS TREES WERE SNAPPED AND UPROOTED IN THIS AREA. THE TORNADO TRACKED EAST-NORTHEAST AND TOUCHED DOWN INTERMITTENTLY. THE TORNADO HIT THE UNIQUE INDUSTRIES COMPANY AT THE INTERSECTION OF U.S. HIGHWAY 29 AND TOY LANE. HERE...AN ESTIMATED 100 MPH TORNADIC WIND RIPPED THREE LARGE VENTILATION UNITS OFF THE ROOF...AND THE ROOF ITSELF SUSTAINED DAMAGE. TWO TRACTOR TRAILERS BY THE BUSINESS WERE OVERTURNED. THE TORNADO LASTLY TOUCHED DOWN ACROSS U.S. HIGHWAY 29 WHERE IT CAUSED MINOR DAMAGE TO THE ROOF OF A HOUSE.