LNA 04192018 TORNADO.CAMP 03

A fallen tree sits beside sleeping quarters at Camp Sacajawea in Bedford County on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. Several dozen trees fell throughout the property during the storm Sunday, April 15, 2018.

A tornado with a maximum wind speed around 105 mph struck about four miles northwest of Moneta in Bedford County on April 15, the National Weather Service said in a preliminary report issued Thursday.

The tornado had a path two-thirds of a mile long. Its maximum width was 100 yards. It began around 6:10 p.m. and lasted only about a minute. No fatalities or injuries were associated with it.

The tornado began around the 1900 block of Mead Valley Road and ended around the 10000 block of Dickerson Mill Road.

"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," according to the National Weather Service report.

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

"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.

"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."

The tornado was rated EF1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which ranges from 0 to 5 and estimates a tornado's maximum wind speed based on observed damage.

The Bedford County Department of Fire and Rescue assisted in the survey of damage.

Contact Matt Busse at (434) 385-5534 or mbusse@newsadvance.com.

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