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April 19, 2017

Three tornadoes touched down in Fauquier on April 6

Winds reached 85 mph as a tornado cut a 5.9-mile path a destruction near Airlie on April 6, according to the National Weather Service.
This map depicts the path of the tornado that hit the area around Airlie, moving up Blantyre Road (Route 628).
The National Weather Service determined that three tornadoes touched down in Fauquier County during the violent storm of Thursday, April 6.

The twisters — all EF-0 at the low end of the tornado scale — touched down southwest of Warrenton, north of Airlie and in New Baltimore over a period of 41 minutes.

The storm moved south to north, with the first twister hitting Fauquier at 12:58 p.m. The last one ended at 1:39 p.m., according to the weather service.

Some of the most dramatic damage took place in and around Remington, but the weather service found no evidence of a tornado there.

NWS meteorologists interviewed county residents and worked with Fauquier emergency services officials to evaluate the damage.

The agency on Wednesday afternoon provided these summaries of the tornadoes:

• Southwest of Warrenton at 12:58 p.m.

The tornado produced maximum winds of 80 mph. At a width of 50 yards, the twister remained in contact with the ground for three-tenths of a mile.

An extensive area of tree damage was noted along a several mile long
path in west-central Fauquier County. Embedded within this straight-
line wind damage was a small concentrated area of convergent tree
damage consistent with an EF-0 tornado.

A row of trees just north of Harts Mill Road was blown down towards
the west-northwest, while several other trees just south of the road
were snapped and fell towards the northeast. A similar pattern of tree
damage was found at a residence on Woodbourne Lane a quarter mile to
the northeast, where several dozen hardwood trees were uprooted, mainly
falling towards the east but a couple fell towards the west.

Further southwest and to the northeast of the tornadic damage,
hardwood and softwood trees were snapped and uprooted but all falling
to the northeast over a nearly mile-wide swath, indicating straight-line
wind damage. It is notable that the straight-line wind damage was more
severe than that caused by the brief tornado.


• North of Airlie at 1:08 p.m.

Its winds peaked at 85 mph and cut a path 5.9 miles long and 75 yards wide.

The tornado caused a nearly continuous path of convergent tree damage.
Large to mid sized trees were snapped and uprooted. The most intense
of which was the result of estimated wind speeds of 85 mph that
snapped several large trees on Airlie Road between Artillery Road
and The Rainforest Trust. The first trees downed were noted just
west of US 17. After crossing Airlie Road, the tornado snapped and
uprooted trees all along Blantyre Road. Continuous damage stopped
just prior to Interstate 66.


• New Baltimore at 1:34 p.m.

The tornado had peak winds of 85 mph. It cut a path a mile long and 75 yards wide.

The tornado caused a continuous path of extensive tree damage,
along with some minor structural damage. The first instances
of uprooted and snapped trees occurred just northwest of the
intersection of Lee Highway and Electric Avenue. The tornado
continued north-northeast, generally along Beverlys Mill Road,
causing additional damage to just north of Fairview Lane.

Extensive tree damage was found along the tornado`s path,
where many hardwood and softwood trees were either snapped,
topped or uprooted in a convergent pattern. Several trees
fell on vehicles. Wooded fences were blown down in several
locations along its path. A roof was partially removed from
a barn. Other metal roofing was removed from smaller outbuildings.
Several sheds were either destroyed or severely damaged. Most homes
in the path had minor damage to shingles, gutters and siding.

Two residents in the area witnessed the tornado with debris
being lofted.


Seven tornados hit the region April 6, according to the weather service.
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Wellitsthetruth · April 20, 2017 at 2:11 pm
For the FB comment "It took them long enough"

Its been two weeks, that day had a lot of places that needed checking out before a call was made. They have to combine visual damage reports, plus what anyone may of saw and then they have to throw in radar data. It all takes time, plus they like to release them in mass like this as its easier. Officially there were seven total, but they easily had triple that in reports to investigate
Wellitsthetruth · April 20, 2017 at 10:04 am
Sumerduck likely experienced a small mircoburst, since I'm sure the NWS already received damage reports from there and they chose not to investigate it anyway leads me to believe they have radar evidence of a lack of any rotation during such time.
rlovelette · April 20, 2017 at 9:12 am
We have about twenty, yes 20!!, trees snapped and even toppled out of the ground by the root ball around our house in the Morrisville area off of 17 South. They can't be seen from 17, but my husband saw the storm as it tore through on April 6th. Luckily, our home was spared, but we are still cleaning up the mess!
BJ · April 19, 2017 at 8:40 pm
Casanova folks lost a few trees too, some big pines fell and blocked Casanova Road for quite awhile. With the infestation of Emerald Ash Borer killing so many Ash trees we were really surprised the damage wasn't worse around the area.
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