SPC Stats

Path length: 9 miles

Width:  200 yards

Fatalities:  0

Injuries:  2

Rating:  F3

County:  Fauquier

Tornado Path

SPC Coordinates Tornado #1 F3:  Start: 38.52 / -77.80   End:  38.63 / -77.83   

SPC coordinates Tornado #2 F2: Start: 38.7 / -77.73   End: 38.87 / -77.73

SPC Coordinates Tornado #3 F2: Start: 36.62 / -77.78   End: 38.73 / -77.8

Corrected Coordinates based on the NWS summary showing one tornado: 

Start: 38.52 / -77.8  End: 38.73 / -77.8

Note:  Exact tornado path may not be straight and/or continuous.

Per the Tornado Project, Hurricane Ivan produced a total of 120 tornadoes in three days. That is the largest outbreak on record associated with a tropical system. Almost half of those tornadoes occurred on September 17, 2004.  Per the NWS Blacksburg, “In the Commonwealth of Virginia the outbreak of tornadoes added up to 38, which is by far the largest ever one-day total not only for Virginia, but for any state east of the Appalachians north of South Carolina.”

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. The SPC database lists three separate tornadoes. However, in the summary provided by the NWS Baltimore/Washington, these three tornadoes were actually one long-tracked tornado. 

The tornado developed just to the southeast of Remington. A pickup truck on Summerduck Road was lifted and carried through the air greater than 75 yards over trees and powerlines. It smashed down in a field. The NWS based the F3 rating on the damage to the truck. Structural damage in this area was minimal. 

As the twister traveled north, it moved into the Meadows Subdivision. Several homes had their roofs removed.  One home slid off its foundation and numerous garages and outbuildings were destroyed.  The track continued to the north producing intermittent tree and powerline damage. Per the NWS, in an area near Broad Run, “large stands of very old mature, healthy trees were snapped off and small missiles were impaled into the buildings.” The tornado lifted north of Interstate 66.

Images via Faquier County Sheriff via Facebook

Images via NWS Baltimore/Washington

Map via NWS Baltimore/Washington, showing all of the confirmed tornadoes in their County Warning Area (CWA). Only one long-tracked tornado is shown here in Fauquier County. Not 3 as the SPC reports.
The truck was thrown 75-yards.
F2 damage to homes.
F2 damage to a house.
Trees that were sheared off or uprooted.

Photos of the Tornado

Photo of the tornado as it passed by Remington (Fauquier County VA Government).
Photo of the tornado from Chris White.
Photo of the tornado from Chris White.

Newspaper Clippings

Discrepancies:

We gathered information for this event from the SPC & NCDC Databases, the September 2004 Storm Data Publication (SDP), and old NWS Baltimore/Washington even summary page and found the following differences:

  • The SPC, NCDC, and SDP list three separate tracks through Fauquier County, with the first being the Remington tornado at 9 miles long. The original NWS survey clearly states that there was only one tornado in Fauquier County (a combination of the three listed by the other sources) with a path length of 22 miles.
  • The SPC, NCDC, and SDP list the maximum widths of the “three” tornadoes as 200, and 150 yards respectively. The NWS survey states this tornado up to a quarter mile, or 440 yards, in width.

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