Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF2
-- Length 18.1 Miles
-- Width 350 Yards
State VIRGINIA
County/Area HALIFAX
WFO RNK
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2011-04-27 19:38:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 0ENE HIGH ROCK
Begin Lat/Lon 36.78/-79.09
End Date 2011-04-27 20:08:00.0 EST-5
End Location 0ESE CLARKTON
End Lat/Lon 36.98/-78.88
Deaths Direct/Indirect 1/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 7/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative Widespread severe weather impacted the area. A strong upper level trough approaching from the west provided strong winds aloft, and a weak upper level low pressure system moved across during the afternoon hours setting off scattered thunderstorms. These storms quickly became severe. In total, there were 6 tornadoes with numerous reports of damaging winds and large hail. Heavy rainfall from these storms also caused scattered flash flooding.
Event Narrative The tornado, with winds estimated up to 125 MPH, formed from a supercell and initially touched down near High Rock Trail off Thompsons Store Road. It then moved northeast, causing most of the worst damage in the Liberty Road area. This includes one death and eight injuries in that region. Also in this area four mobile homes and a large camper trailer were destroyed. A little further along the track a roof sustained heavy damage, an outbuilding was destroyed and numerous trees were uprooted. The path became intermittent as the tornado moved northeast of Lennig Road, and it lifted just before reaching the Roanoke River in northern Halifax County. In total: four homes were destroyed, 14 sustained major damage and 6 had minor damage.


Event Fatality Details

Type Age Gender Fatality Location
Death 55 Female Mobile/Trailer Home


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 1 7 2.300M 0.00K
DAVIS STORE HENRY CO. VA 04/27/2011 15:58 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CONCORD CAMPBELL CO. VA 04/27/2011 17:05 EST-5 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RIDGEWAY HENRY CO. VA 04/27/2011 17:05 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ABILENE CHARLOTTE CO. VA 04/27/2011 17:15 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
AXTON HENRY CO. VA 04/27/2011 17:20 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHARLOTTE COURT HOUS CHARLOTTE CO. VA 04/27/2011 17:30 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TOWER HILL APPOMATTOX CO. VA 04/27/2011 17:50 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TOWER HILL APPOMATTOX CO. VA 04/27/2011 17:50 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHATHAM PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 04/27/2011 18:00 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WHITMELL PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 04/27/2011 18:13 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DRY FORK PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 04/27/2011 18:25 EST-5 Hail 2.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHATHAM PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 04/27/2011 18:30 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LONG IS CAMPBELL CO. VA 04/27/2011 18:40 EST-5 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SOAPSTONE PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 04/27/2011 18:50 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WESTOVER HILLS PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 04/27/2011 18:56 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KEELING PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 04/27/2011 19:04 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HIGH ROCK HALIFAX CO. VA 04/27/2011 19:38 EST-5 Tornado EF2 1 7 0.00K 0.00K
RICHLANDS TAZEWELL CO. VA 04/27/2011 21:23 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SALTVILLE SMYTH CO. VA 04/27/2011 21:32 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
THOMPSON VLY TAZEWELL CO. VA 04/27/2011 21:44 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RICHLANDS TAZEWELL CO. VA 04/27/2011 21:55 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
BLUEFIELD TAZEWELL CO. VA 04/27/2011 22:15 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHILHOWIE SMYTH CO. VA 04/27/2011 22:17 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BASTIAN BLAND CO. VA 04/27/2011 23:05 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
THOMAS BRIDGE SMYTH CO. VA 04/27/2011 23:13 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MARION SMYTH CO. VA 04/27/2011 23:25 EST-5 Hail 1.25 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SUGAR GROVE SMYTH CO. VA 04/27/2011 23:30 EST-5 Funnel Cloud 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MAX MEADOWS WYTHE CO. VA 04/27/2011 23:55 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. MG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WHITE GATE GILES CO. VA 04/28/2011 00:05 EST-5 Hail 2.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PEARISBURG GILES CO. VA 04/28/2011 00:10 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BURNSVILLE BATH CO. VA 04/28/2011 00:15 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
POPLAR HILL GILES CO. VA 04/28/2011 00:15 EST-5 Hail 2.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
QUARRY SMYTH CO. VA 04/28/2011 00:15 EST-5 Tornado EF2 0 0 2.250M 0.00K
PEMBROKE GILES CO. VA 04/28/2011 00:20 EST-5 Hail 1.50 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
NEWPORT GILES CO. VA 04/28/2011 00:25 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WARM SPGS BATH CO. VA 04/28/2011 00:30 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GLEN BURKE TAZEWELL CO. VA 04/28/2011 00:37 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LICK RUN BOTETOURT CO. VA 04/28/2011 00:39 EST-5 Tornado EF0 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
PAINT BANK CRAIG CO. VA 04/28/2011 01:00 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TRIGG GILES CO. VA 04/28/2011 01:00 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
INDIAN VLY FLOYD CO. VA 04/28/2011 01:40 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ROANOKE CITY ROANOKE CO. VA 04/28/2011 02:30 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GILMORE MILLS ROCKBRIDGE CO. VA 04/28/2011 02:45 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 74 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
WILLIS FLOYD CO. VA 04/28/2011 04:51 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
WILLIAMSVILLE BATH CO. VA 04/28/2011 05:00 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
FT LEWIS BATH CO. VA 04/28/2011 05:30 EST-5 Flash Flood 0 0 15.00K 0.00K
Totals: 1 7 2.300M 0.00K