UPDATE: Tornadoes confirmed in multiple New River Valley counties

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PULASKI COUNTY and GRAYSON COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- PULASKI COUNTY

The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF1 tornado touched down near Radford in Pulaski County on Monday, Oct. 23, 2017.

Reports say the tornado touched down just west of Belspring Road snapping trees and tossing farm trailers dozens of feet, then headed northeast and crossed Belspring Road snapping and uprooting dozens of large trees, with one tree falling on a house, shed, and two vehicles.

The tornado then produced significant damage to the house with roofing material and parts of cinder blocks.

Winds were estimated around 100 mph at this point.

As the tornado crossed Depot Road along the New River, the damage widened to about 300 yards mostly of snapped and uprooted trees, with only minor structural damage.

After crossing the New River into Montgomery County, more trees were snapped on Kentland Farm, before it moved to the edge of Sterling Drive and over Blue Ridge Christian Camp in McCoy and then reached to near McCoy Road before signs of concentrated tornadic damage ended.

Again, most damage was to large softwood and hardwood trees, likely well over 100 in total. Some minor damage to roofs of houses and other buildings, and at least two trees on vehicles, and one tree on a house.

There was quite a bit of scattered damage mainly to trees beyond the width of the concentrated tornado damage, mainly on the east side, and then beyond the path of tornado damage north of McCoy Road including the Wake Forest community was scattered straight line wind damage, again mainly to trees that extended to near the base of Brush Mountain.

GRAYSON COUNTY

A NWS Storm Damage Assessment Team has confirmed that a tornado
touched down in Wilkesboro NC at approximately 511 PM EDT near the
intersection of East Main Street and Salem Street.

The tornado sporadically remained on the ground and traveled north-northeast at around 50 mph over Cherry Street in North Wilkesboro continuing north and then finally lifting on Yellow Banks Road just west of Hayes around 520 PM EDT.

Spotty straight-line wind damage with occasional broken trees
occurred prior to the tornado touchdown south of Wilkesboro to the
Wilkes County line and continued after the tornado lifted north
of Yellow Banks Road into unaccessible high country into Alleghany
County along and near the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The parent storm circulation again became better organized as it
continued north and northeast into Grayson County.

This resulted in a second very brief tornado touchdown of only a minute at 553 PM EDT just southwest of Fries on Twin Pond Lane in the town of Providence crossing over Opossum Hollow Lane and Keith Lane and then lifting on Highway 94 near the intersection with Mandolin Drive.