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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
713 PM EDT Thu Apr 26 2018

...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY CONDUCTED IN BEDFORD COUNTY VIRGINIA FOR A 
TORNADO EVENT ON SUNDAY APRIL 15 2018...

The National Weather Service has just completed a survey of 
tornadic damage that impacted a small area in Bedford County on
April 15th, approximately 4 miles northwest of the town of 
Moneta.

An EF1 tornado has been confirmed with a path length of 0.66
miles, maximum path width of 100 yards, and with maximum winds of
approximately 105 mph. 

Here are the specifics:

Start Location...1800 Block of Mead Valley Road
End Location...10000 Block of Dickerson Mill Road
Date...April 15 2018 (Sunday) 
Estimated Time..610 to 611 PM EDT 
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1 
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...105 MPH
Maximum Path Width...100 Yards 
Path Length...0.66 Miles 
Beginning Lat/Lon...37.251 / -79.654 
Ending Lat/Lon...37.260 / -79.651
Fatalities...0
Injuries...0

...Summary...

On Sunday April 15, 2018, at approximately 610 PM EDT, a tornado 
briefly touched down along the 1800 Block of Mead Valley Road - 
approximately 4 miles northwest of the town of Moneta. 

The tornado caused significant damage to the roof of a home on 
Mead Valley Road - also slightly moving the house from its cinder
block foundation. Extensive damage to an adjacent barn, 
outbuilding, and trees was also noted at this location. Damage 
indicators were consistent with winds of approximately 105 mph.

The tornado then continued north-northeast at approximately 45 
mph for the next minute before lifting at around 611 PM EDT along
the 10000 Block of Dickerson Mill Road. 

Although no additional homes were impacted along the 0.66 mile 
path of the tornado, approximately 50 trees, many mature, were 
either snapped or uprooted. Damage indicators along the path were
consistent with winds of between 95 and 105 mph. 

The damage survey team also surveyed an area further south, on 
Emmaus Church Road, where a barn was destroyed and several trees 
were either snapped or uprooted. The team concluded that damage
was not tornadic in nature, but rather, from strong straight-line
winds, likely in the 80-95 mph range. 

The National Weather Service would like to express sincere gratitude 
to the Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue for their
assistance in the conduction of the survey.

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale classifies tornadoes into the
following categories:

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 to 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

The information in this statement is preliminary and subject to 
change pending final review of the event and publication in NWS 
Storm Data.|

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Wert