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Violent Supercell Thunderstorm

Violent Supercell Thunderstorm - The National Weather Service confirmed yesterday that a single, low-intensity tornado traversed a path from just east of The Diamond in North Richmond into central Henrico County and the Cold Harbor area of Hanover County late Wednesday afternoon, with wind speeds of 80 to 90 mph.

No deaths and only one injury were reported.

Weather service officials from Wakefield surveyed the damage yesterday and determined the tornado's path extended 11.5 miles in an east-northeastward direction from about 5 to 5:20 p.m.

The tornado's rate of strength was rated an EF0 to an EF1, the firstand second-lowest ratings on a scale of 0 to 5.

The weather service said most of the damage was in the form of downed trees and power lines, with some siding and roof damage to homes. More than 100 area structures sustained damage from the tornado, which measured 200 yards to 250 yards wide, officials said.

The most significant damage occurred as a result of trees or large branches falling on homes, several of which were declared uninhabitable as a result, officials said.

Most of the damage was produced from the lowest category of tornado intensity, with wind gusts of 65 to 85 mph. Maximum gusts were estimated at 90 mph.

Henrico fire officials reported damage of varying degrees to 63 homes, with three of those dwellings declared inhabitable. Hanover authorities reported damage to 77 properties, which included sheds, fencing and other structures. In Richmond, an estimated 45 to 50 homes sustained damage ranging from trees falling onto houses to minor property damage.

Violent Supercell Thunderstorm

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