Wednesday, July 22, 2009

NWS confirms Campbell tornado

Yep, this is exactly where we need a uranium mine, mill, and tailings heap...right in the center of a little tornado alley. Imagine all the places that radioactive sand and rock could blow!

By Dave Thompson

Published: July 18, 2009

The National Weather Service confirmed that, in addition to two tornadoes that touched down in Pittsylvania County mid-day Friday, a tornado also struck the Brookneal area of Campbell County.

The twister, according to meteorologists, was an EF-0 scale, with winds between 85 and 90 mph.

Meteorologist William Perry said the tornado uprooted some trees a few miles northwest of Brookneal, and that a microburst did damage to a few structures in that area.

Appalachian Power Company’s Web site reported no outages Saturday, and representatives did not immediately return phone messages left Saturday evening.

Daisy Pridgen, with Dominion Virginia Power, said at the storm’s height, about 3,300 people in southern Campbell County were without power.

As of 8:45 p.m. Saturday, Pridgen said 500 customers were still without power but estimated they would all have their power restored by this morning.

Perry said for this time of year, this storm system was unusual and was aided by the cooler temperatures in the area.

The last time tornadoes touched down in the area, Perry said, was in May of 2008, when twisters were confirmed in Henry, Pittsylvania and Appomattox counties.

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