UPDATE: NWS extends path of EF3 tornado

After evaluating more areas in Amherst County through additional air and ground surveys, the NWS in Blacksburg has extended the final path length of the tornado that tracked through Lynchburg and across the James River into Amherst County earlier this month.

Data was collected over the last week with additional pictures coming in from a private citizen. Damage was found at Sacajawea Girl Scout Camp on Fox Hill Road between the City of Lynchburg and the James River in the corner of Bedford County.

In total, the NWS concluded that the tornado's path is now 25.8 miles (previously 20.8) ending in the area of Mt. Pleasant and Stonewall Creek Roads, south of Piney Mountain, where the tornado lifted. This would have been at 7:33 PM with the tornado being on the ground for 33 minutes.

Last week, the NWS had upgraded the tornado from an EF2 to EF3
based on additional investigation of damage photos, increasing the maximum winds in the Elon community in Amherst County from 130 miles per hour to 150 miles per hour, which is an EF3 category.