Local Tornado History

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Published: Jun. 2, 2022 at 10:22 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 19, 2022 at 8:22 PM EDT
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Official National Weather Service records of tornadoes started in 1950 but we know the United States has had thousands of tornadoes before the start of official records. Through newspaper reports, we do have a few tornadoes locally that have happened before 1950. It can be hard to decipher if damage was straight-line or an actual tornado before official records started but sometimes with the description of the damage it can lead to a conclusion that it most likely was a tornado.

This page is sorted by county in Virginia. West Virginia is below the Virginia counties:

AUGUSTA COUNTY

TOWN/AREADATERATING
Mt. Sidney5-31-1858Unknown
Staunton6-4-1911Unknown
Mint Spring9-22-1921Unknown
Waynesboro6-6-1925Unknown
Grottoes/Harriston4-5-1952F-2
Waynesboro7-1-1959F-2
Stuarts Draft11-29-1963F-2
West Staunton to Fort Defiance4-4-1974F-1
Waynesboro6-5-1975F-0
Augusta Springs to Swoope5-4-1990F-2
Waynesboro6-10-1995F-1
5 miles ESE of Staunton7-31-1999F-1
Verona5-9-2003F-0
Stuarts Draft4-16-2011EF-0
Buffalo Gap to Churchville4-28-2011EF-1
Harriston8-6-2020EF-0
Fishersville to Waynesboro4-26-2022EF-1

Past tornado coverage from WHSV (Augusta)

Harriston tornado, August 2020

Confirmed tornado in Harriston

This is the rotating supercell that may have produced a tornado over Harriston
Verona: May 9, 2003

Archived story from 2003

Verona
Fishersville-Waynesboro: April 26, 2022

Several videos from the April 2022 tornado

4-26-2022
Augusta Springs-Swoope: May 4, 1990

The only deadly tornado in our local area

May 4, 1990

HIGHLAND COUNTY

TOWNDATERATING
South of Mustoe5-28-1959no rating

PAGE COUNTY

TOWNDATERATING
Stanley9-27-1993F-1
Stanley6-23-2009EF-1

ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY

Only 3 in recorded history, since 1950
Only 3 in recorded history, since 1950(whsv)

Past tornado coverage from WHSV (Rockbridge)

ROCKINGHAM COUNTY

Tornadoes from Rockingham County

TOWN/AREADATERATING
Mt. Crawford10-5-1847Unknown
Linville4-23-1866Unknown
Port Republic6-30-1881Unknown
Harrisonburg8-5-1892Unknown
Broadway7-6-1894Unknown
Broadway to Mayland11-28-1900Unknown
McGaheysville4-5-1952F2
Naked Creek (north Elkton)8-6-1960F2
Melrose (north of Harrisonburg)8-15-1975F1
Dayton10-2-1979F1
Broadway6-24-1996F1
Elkton8-2-2008EF-0
Fulks Run to Shenandoah Co4-28-2011EF-2
Linville4-28-2011EF-1
Pleasant Valley/Keezletown4-28-2011EF-1
Timberville10-31-2019EF-0

Past tornado coverage from WHSV (Rockingham)

Timberville Tornado

From Halloween night, 2019

A 2x6 beam was sent crashing into the windshield of this unoccupied vehicle during the tornado.

SHENANDOAH COUNTY

TOWNDATERATING
Mt. Jackson7-2-1925unknown
Wheatfield6-18-1997F-1
Bowman8-9-2000F-0
Quicksburg4-28-2002F-2
Orkney Springs4-28-2011EF-2
Strasburg4-28-2011EF-0

WEST VIRGINIA

Hardy County is the only county in our viewing area with no tornado in recorded history (since 1950). Here’s a look below at the few tornadoes in Grant and Hardy County.

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