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An amplified upper trough with strong low level winds and instability created an environment for strong to severe thunderstorms with isolated tornadoes. There were 2 tornadoes confirmed in our area. The strongest of which was an EF-3 that touched down in southern Franklin County, near Oak Level. Wind speeds were estimated to close to 160 mph. This makes the 2nd EF-3 our area has had since last April (that one being  in Amherst County near Elon, VA). And this is only the fourth confirmed EF-3 tornado in our forecast area. The 1st was the March 20th, 1998. The second was February 24th, 2016 in Appomattox County (Evergreen).

The Franklin County tornado was on the ground for just over 8 miles. A second tornado formed north of Thaxton, VA in Bedford County, but was weaker with estimated winds of just over 90 mph, which rates as an EF-1.

In addition to these tornadoes, the air mass was quite moist, and several storms passed over the New River Valley leading to flash flooding of Peak Creek in Pulaski, VA.

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