Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tornado
-- Scale EF1
-- Length 0.54 Miles
-- Width 75 Yards
State VIRGINIA
County/Area FRANKLIN
WFO RNK
Report Source NWS Storm Survey
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-05-08 19:01:00.0 EST-5
Begin Location 5SSW SYDNORSVILLE
Begin Lat/Lon 36.8/-79.85
End Date 2008-05-08 19:03:00.0 EST-5
End Location 4S SYDNORSVILLE
End Lat/Lon 36.81/-79.84
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 8.50K
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, moved out of Henry County at 801 pm EDT and continued another half mile into Franklin County, before lifting at 803 pm EDT. The maximum width was 75 yards. Numerous trees were downed, with 2 homes damaged. The tornado lifted at state routes 618 and 632.


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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