A tornado damaged two homes in Carroll County, Virginia, just north of the North Carolina line on Wednesday, the National Weather Service office in Blacksburg confirmed Thursday.
The tornado was rated EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which ranges from 0 for weakest to 5 for strongest. Peak winds were estimated at 122 mph as the tornado moved along a path nearly 2 miles long and 125 yards wide between Gladesboro and Laurel Fork in Carroll County from 9:45 p.m. to 9:47 p.m.
A two-story house was “shifted from its foundation and its roof was torn off”, the weather service reported. A modular home also had its roof partially removed and many trees snapped.
No injuries or deaths occurred in the tornado.
Strong to severe thunderstorms developed primarily south and east of Roanoke Tuesday evening along a warm front pushing northward. Temperatures ranged well into the 60s to near 70s south of the front, while in the upper 40s to lower 50s north of the front.
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Winds aloft were very strong to provide rotation for thunderstorm cells, but instability lacked much sun-warmed air near the surface, limiting the severe threat to a few isolated occurrences.
A tornado warning was also issued shortly before for northeast Franklin County and southwest Bedford County, including communities along the west side of Smith Mountain Lake, after radar reported detected a tight circulation near Rocky Mount, Virginia, tracking north-northeast. However, this circulation quickly dissipated, apparently without generating a tornado.
The Weather Service said a “tornado debris signature” was evident on its Doppler radar in Carroll County, indicating objects picked up by the tornado and thrown into the air.