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August 12, 2017

Weather service: Tornado hit Broad Run on Friday

The National Weather Service produced this map that shows the tornado’s path, south of and parallel to Interstate 66 in Northern Fauquier, from Blantyre Road east. It stayed on the ground about two minutes.
A tornado briefly touched down east of The Plains, near Broad Run, on Friday night.

The National Weather Service classified it as an EF-0 tornado — the weakest — with 75-mph wind.

The tornado toppled trees and power lines in a path up to 100 yards wide for 1.2 miles, the agency reported early Saturday afternoon.

“The tornado touched down as the circulation crossed Blantyre Road between Trapp Branch Road and Georgetown Road, then tracked east and lifted two minutes later shortly after crossing Beverly's Mill
Road a quarter mile south of John Marshall Highway,” the weather service said.

“KLWX Doppler Radar and FAA Terminal Doppler Radars showed a rotating supercell with a classic hook echo signature crossing these areas between 6:08 and 6:10 p.m. Tree damage showed a
convergent signature, implying rotation reached the ground.”

Moving west to east, the violent storm entered Fauquier during the Friday rush hour. The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning, which Fauquier emergency services immediately relayed with its system of texts, email and phone calls.

The storm quickly dumped several inches of rain and knocked out electricity to about 8,000 Fauquier homes.

Flooding and downed trees closed county roads.

It marked the second time in a little more than four months that a confirmed tornado hit Fauquier. Three twisters touched down in the county April 6, according to the National Weather Service.

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