Ivy-Mechums River, VA F3 Tornado – September 30, 1959

One of the most devastating tornadoes to ever hit the state of Virginia was spawned by Hurricane Gracie on September 30, 1959. The twister tracked through a part of Albemarle County west of Charlottesville and east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This summary provides a detailed analysis of discrepancies in the path and the number of tornadoes to hit this day. It also focuses on the tragedy near Ivy. In mere seconds, ten members of one family lost their lives.

Glade Spring, VA EF3 Tornado – April 28, 2011

One of the worst tornadoes in Virginia history tore through the Appalachian Mountains and a thriving country town. At a maximum width of 2,320 yards (1.32 miles), it is by far the widest the state has ever seen and wreaked havoc across a 24-mile path. More than a remarkable meteorological event for the region, this twister reshaped hundreds of lives, particularly in the community of Glade Spring.

Petersburg, VA F4 Tornado – August 6, 1993

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.

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