Tornado touches down in Isle of Wight County

Published 11:05 am Wednesday, September 30, 2020

A preliminary damage survey conducted by the National Weather Service’s Wakefield office confirmed that a tornado touched down in Isle of Wight County overnight.

In a statement, the weather service said the tornado touched down near Five Forks Road around 10:56 p.m. on Sept. 29 and traveled northeast about 4 ½ miles, ending around Orbit Road around 11:05 p.m. Peak winds were estimated to reach 75 mph.

“The tornado snapped or uprooted numerous trees along its path and also one carport was rolled and destroyed,” the NWS said. There were no injuries reported.

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The weather service classified the tornado as an EF0, which is considered a weak tornado by meteorological standards. Tornadoes in the EF0 category may range from 65 mph to 85 mph while a violent EF5 tornado may have winds that exceed 200 mph.