Storm Events Database

Event Details:

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF1
-- Length 0.39 Miles
-- Width 75 Yards
State VIRGINIA
County/Area HENRY
WFO RNK
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCEI Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-05-08 19:00:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 1N FIGSBORO
Begin Lat/Lon 36.7965/-79.8518
End Date 2008-05-08 19:01:00.0 EST-5
End Location 1N FIGSBORO
End Lat/Lon 36.8009/-79.8473
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 156.50K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative A strong storm system across the Ohio Valley during the afternoon of Thursday, May 8th, pushed east toward the mountains Thursday evening. A boundary was trailing from the low across southern Virginia. This put the region in a high shear environment, meaning, winds at the surface were blowing from the southeast, while a few thousand feet above the surface, the winds were blowing out of the southwest at 40 to 50 mph. Supercells formed in the foothills and piedmont of Virginia, ahead of a strong but broken line of thunderstorms that formed just west of the mountains and became more organized by the time it reached the Blue Ridge. These severe thunderstorms brought EF-1 tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding to portions of Southwest Virginia.
Event Narrative A tornado, rated EF-1, with winds 86 to 95 mph, was on the ground in Henry County, along a path length of less than a half mile, with a maximum width of 75 yards. Numerous trees were downed, with 2 homes damaged. More specifically, the tornado touched down near state route 886 in Henry County at 8pm EDT, and continued into Franklin County at 801 pm EDT.


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Event Map:

Note: The tornado track is approximate based on the beginning (B) and ending (E) locations. The actual tornado path may differ from a straight line.


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 340.90K 0.00K
PEMBROKE GILES CO. VA 05/08/2008 18:25 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STONES STORE HENRY CO. VA 05/08/2008 18:50 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CENTENARY BUCKINGHAM CO. VA 05/08/2008 18:56 EST-5 Hail 1.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FAIRLAWN PULASKI CO. VA 05/08/2008 19:00 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FIGSBORO HENRY CO. VA 05/08/2008 19:00 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 156.50K 0.00K
SYDNORSVILLE FRANKLIN CO. VA 05/08/2008 19:01 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 8.50K 0.00K
SNOW CREEK FRANKLIN CO. VA 05/08/2008 19:02 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ARARAT PATRICK CO. VA 05/08/2008 19:05 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
ARARAT PATRICK CO. VA 05/08/2008 19:05 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.90K 0.00K
ROCKY MT FRANKLIN CO. VA 05/08/2008 19:26 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SONTAG FRANKLIN CO. VA 05/08/2008 19:40 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GRETNA PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 05/08/2008 19:45 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 60 kts. EG 0 0 7.00K 0.00K
BLUE RIDGE BOTETOURT CO. VA 05/08/2008 20:00 EST-5 Hail 0.88 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PULLENS PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 05/08/2008 20:00 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 116.00K 0.00K
PULLENS PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 05/08/2008 20:04 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 65 kts. EG 0 0 5.00K 0.00K
MONTVALE BEDFORD CO. VA 05/08/2008 20:05 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PITTSVILLE PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 05/08/2008 20:25 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HURT PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 05/08/2008 20:30 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HURT PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 05/08/2008 20:38 EST-5 Hail 1.00 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SNOW CREEK FRANKLIN CO. VA 05/08/2008 20:55 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 4.00K 0.00K
SPENCER HENRY CO. VA 05/08/2008 21:21 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
RENAN PITTSYLVANIA CO. VA 05/08/2008 21:45 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 10.00K 0.00K
BROOKNEAL CAMPBELL CO. VA 05/08/2008 22:20 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
HIXBURG APPOMATTOX CO. VA 05/08/2008 22:20 EST-5 Tornado EF1 0 0 25.00K 0.00K
INGRAM HALIFAX CO. VA 05/08/2008 22:30 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 50 kts. EG 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KEYSVILLE CHARLOTTE CO. VA 05/08/2008 22:30 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
STOVALL HALIFAX CO. VA 05/08/2008 22:30 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 3.00K 0.00K
CASTLE CRAIG CAMPBELL CO. VA 05/08/2008 23:04 EST-5 Thunderstorm Wind 55 kts. EG 0 0 1.00K 0.00K
CLUSTER SPGS HALIFAX CO. VA 05/09/2008 01:25 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
VIRGILINA HALIFAX CO. VA 05/09/2008 01:33 EST-5 Hail 0.75 in. 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 340.90K 0.00K