In this summary, we look at an obscure F4 tornado that moved through portions of northern Virginia. It is one of the most powerful tornadoes in the Baltimore-Washington area, and officially one of only two F4s in the state.
38 tornadoes tore across parts of Virginia on September 17, 2004 – the largest outbreak in state history. This was the result of Hurricane Ivan. While officially an F2, the Stanardsville tornado was likely the strongest and widest not just that day but ever in its immediate region. It also traversed mountains over 2,000 feet in elevation.
18 tornadoes ravaged Virginia on the Afternoon of August 6, 1993. This summary looks at the most violent tornado, an F4 that hit Petersburg. Old Towne Petersburg and a large shopping center in Colonial Heights were demolished. Three women were killed in the destruction of a Walmart. The tornado caused $47.5 million in damage, the costliest in Virginia history.
There was one tornado confirmed on November 29, 1963. It was a small, quick-hitting twister that hit on a Friday afternoon just east of Stuart Draft, VA. A new house under construction was nearly leveled. Portions of the roof was carried 75 feet. Two other roofs of two others homes were torn away.
Per the Tornado Project, Hurricane Ivan produced a total of 120 tornadoes in 3 days. That is the largest outbreak on record associated with a tropical system. In this summary, we will focus in on the strongest tornado reported in the entire outbreak. It occurred in Fauquier County, VA near the town of Remington.
A total of 19 tornadoes occurred on September 5, 1979. All but one were in association with the remnants of Hurricane David. Eight tornadoes were spawned from “David” in the state of Virginia. Two were rated F3 and the rest given an F2 rating. We are looking at one of those F3s in this summary.
It was a quick-hitting (1 mile path) tornado confirmed in Carroll County, VA on August 1, 1965. It hit about 2 miles east of Groundhog Mountain upsetting a trailer home. The home toppled down a bank and the 5 people inside were injured. 200+ trees were damaged and crops were flattened.
Damage path ranged from about 200 yards wide to near one quarter of a mile wide at its widest. The most significant structural damage occurred to two homes east of Coatesville. One home was completely destroyed and another severely damaged.