National Weather Service confirms EF1 tornado hit Bedford County

BEDFORD, Va. (WDBJ7) -- The National Weather Service has confirmed that an EF1 tornado hit Bedford County on Sunday, April 15th.

NWS conducted a survey of wind damage that impacted an area in Bedford county and concluded a tornado briefly touched down along the 1800 Block of Mead Valley Road, approximately 4 miles northwest of the town of Moneta.

The tornado caused significant damage to the roof of a home on Mead Valley Road - also slightly moving the house from its cinder block foundation. Extensive damage to an adjacent barn, outbuilding, and trees was also noted at this location. Damage indicators were consistent with winds of approximately 105 mph.

The tornado then continued north-northeast at approximately 45 mph for the next minute before lifting at around 611 PM along the 10000 Block of Dickerson Mill Road.

The National Weather Service report also says, although no additional homes were impacted along the 0.66 mile path of the tornado, approximately 50 trees, many mature, were either snapped or uprooted. Damage indicators along the path were consistent with winds of between 95 and 105 mph (EF-1).

NWS officials say that the tornado was on the ground for only a minute but the path had a length of 0.66 miles and was 100 yards wide, with winds approximately 105 miles per hour.


Start Location...1800 Block of Mead Valley Road
End Location...10000 Block of Dickerson Mill Road
Date...April 15 2018 (Sunday)
Estimated Time..610 to 611 PM EDT
Maximum EF-Scale Rating...EF1
Estimated Maximum Wind Speed...105 MPH
Maximum Path Width...100 Yards
Path Length...0.66 Miles
Beginning Lat/Lon...37.251 / -79.654
Ending Lat/Lon...37.260 / -79.651

The damage survey team also surveyed an area further south, on Emmaus Church Road, where a barn was destroyed and several trees were either snapped or uprooted. The team concluded that damage was not tornadic in nature, but rather, from strong straight-line winds, likely in the 80-95 mph range.