Tornado touches down briefly near Fairfax Co. high school

A warped fence is seen near Thomas Jefferson High School July 25, 2018. An EF-0 tornado briefly touched down early in the morning July 24, damaging several trees and two sheds. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
A warped fence is seen near Thomas Jefferson High School July 25, 2018. An EF-0 tornado briefly touched down early in the morning July 24, damaging several trees and two sheds. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The EF-0 tornado that briefly touched down near Thomas Jefferson High School in Licnolnia, Virginia, area also lofted a shipping container over 100 yards. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The EF-0 tornado that briefly touched down near Thomas Jefferson High School in Lincolnia, Virginia, area also lofted a shipping container over 100 yards. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The EF-0 tornado that briefly touched down near Thomas Jefferson High School in Lincolnia, Virginia, area snapped several neighborhood trees. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The EF-0 tornado that briefly touched down near Thomas Jefferson High School in Lincolnia, Virginia, area snapped several neighborhood trees. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The EF-0 tornado that briefly touched down near Thomas Jefferson High School in Lincolnia, Virginia, area July 24 snapped several neighborhood trees. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The EF-0 tornado that briefly touched down near Thomas Jefferson High School in Lincolnia, Virginia, area July 24 snapped several neighborhood trees. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Downed trees in Alexandria near where an EF-0 tornado briefly touched down July 24. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Downed trees in Alexandria near where an EF-0 tornado briefly touched down July 24. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The tornado damaged several trees, fences, light poles and two sheds, and even lofted a shipping container over 100 yards as it moved across the field, the weather service said. (Courtesy Andrew Shearer via Twitter @Drewshearer444)
The tornado damaged several trees, fences, light poles and two sheds, and even lifted a shipping container over 100 yards as it moved across the field, the weather service said. (Courtesy Andrew Shearer via Twitter @Drewshearer444) (Courtesy Andrew Shearer via Twitter @Drewshearer444)
The EF-0 tornado lasted from about 5:54 a.m. to 5:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, starting south of a softball field at Thomas Jefferson High School in Fairfax County, Virginia. (Courtesy Andrew Shearer via Twitter @Drewshearer444)
The EF-0 tornado lasted from about 5:54 a.m. to 5:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, starting south of a softball field at Thomas Jefferson High School in Fairfax County, Virginia. (Courtesy Andrew Shearer via Twitter @Drewshearer444) (Courtesy Andrew Shearer via Twitter @Drewshearer444)
The tornado's estimated maximum wind speed was 70 mph, and it had a path length of about 0.25 miles. (Courtesy Andrew Shearer via Twitter @Drewshearer444)
The tornado’s estimated maximum wind speed was 70 mph, and it had a path length of about 0.25 miles. (Courtesy Andrew Shearer via Twitter @Drewshearer444) (Courtesy Andrew Shearer via Twitter @Drewshearer444)
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A warped fence is seen near Thomas Jefferson High School July 25, 2018. An EF-0 tornado briefly touched down early in the morning July 24, damaging several trees and two sheds. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The EF-0 tornado that briefly touched down near Thomas Jefferson High School in Licnolnia, Virginia, area also lofted a shipping container over 100 yards. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The EF-0 tornado that briefly touched down near Thomas Jefferson High School in Lincolnia, Virginia, area snapped several neighborhood trees. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The EF-0 tornado that briefly touched down near Thomas Jefferson High School in Lincolnia, Virginia, area July 24 snapped several neighborhood trees. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
Downed trees in Alexandria near where an EF-0 tornado briefly touched down July 24. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)
The tornado damaged several trees, fences, light poles and two sheds, and even lofted a shipping container over 100 yards as it moved across the field, the weather service said. (Courtesy Andrew Shearer via Twitter @Drewshearer444)
The EF-0 tornado lasted from about 5:54 a.m. to 5:55 a.m. Tuesday, July 24, 2018, starting south of a softball field at Thomas Jefferson High School in Fairfax County, Virginia. (Courtesy Andrew Shearer via Twitter @Drewshearer444)
The tornado's estimated maximum wind speed was 70 mph, and it had a path length of about 0.25 miles. (Courtesy Andrew Shearer via Twitter @Drewshearer444)

WASHINGTON — The National Weather Service confirmed Tuesday evening that an early morning tornado touched down for about a minute in the Lincolnia, Virginia, area.

The EF-0 tornado lasted from about 5:54 a.m. to 5:55 a.m. Tuesday, starting south of a softball field at Thomas Jefferson High School.

It damaged several trees, fences, light poles and two sheds, and even lofted a shipping container over 100 yards as it moved across the field, the weather service said.

The tornado’s estimated maximum wind speed was 70 mph, and it had a path length of about 0.25 miles.

The weather service had said there was a tornado warning around Lake Barcroft and Lincolnia between 5:54 a.m. and 6:15 a.m.

WTOP’s Dave Dildine said this tornado is the first since August 2017, and marks the end of the longest tornado-less stretch in the D.C. region since 2010, when the first tornado didn’t occur until Aug. 10 of that year.

On Aug. 11, 2017, the weather service confirmed that a tornado with winds up to 75 mph traveled for a bit over a mile, downing several trees along John Marshall Highway in Fauquier County.

WTOP’s Dave Dildine contributed to this report. 


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