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National Weather Service confirms tornado with 130-mph winds hit Lynchburg area

17 April 2018

The National Weather Service says it has confirmed an EF2 tornado touched down in Amherst and Campbell Counties with winds reaching 130 miles per hour.

The tornado first touch downed in northwest Campbell County, the Amherst County, according to the National Weather Service.

Earlier Sunday, a tornado watch went into effect for 26 counties in Southwest and central Virginia.

Severe weather had moved east by Sunday night, but the Roanoke and New River valleys were continuing to see rainfall, according to the National Weather Service in Blacskburg.

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Utility workers are heading to a North Carolina city to begin efforts to restore power one day after a tornado brought significant damage.

The tornado that struck Appomattox County in 2016 was an EF3 tornado, a category in which maximum wind speeds are 136 to 165 miles per hour. The survey team found damage to a church, garage and outbuildings along with several trees snapped or uprooted. All of this damage was was located near US HWY 82 at the Ashley/Chicot County line.

The temperature hit 32 degrees that morning Little Rock, marking the second-latest freeze on record dating back to 1879, the weather service said. According to the survey report, the top of a silo was removed and the structure was bent, two homes had exterior damage with one losing a large amount of roofing material, and a travel trailer was destroyed.

The National Weather Service has confirmed tornadoes touched down during a severe weather outbreak in the Carolinas.

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Owner Ron Stout said the sign is apart of history and he and locals want it returned.

Strong winds blew a house off it's foundation, and trees and power lines were also knocked down. No serious injuries were reported in those storms.

Hail reports were less common than damaging wind reports, but hailstones up to the size of tennis balls fell near Hillsville in Carroll County.

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National Weather Service confirms tornado with 130-mph winds hit Lynchburg area