Tornado confirmed in Centreville, National Weather Service says

A view of the storm in Centreville, Virginia, around 8:20 p.m. Thursday around the time a tornado warning was issued. (WTOP/Dave Dildine)

Another tornado struck Fairfax County, Virginia, during last week’s storm.

The National Weather Service said that an EF-0 tornado touched down Thursday in Centreville for about one minute. It had an estimated speed of 85 mph. An EF-0 is the lowest of six tiers on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, which measures tornadic intensity.

The tornado, which was on the ground for well under a minute, toppled, snapped and uprooted some 15 pine trees at the end of Batavia Drive behind Cub Run Elementary School. No damage to nearby residences or other structures were observed during the NWS survey.

After the tornado touched down, it moved from west to east toward the cul-de-sac. Seven trees on the south side were not damaged, while most of the remainder were either uprooted, snapped at the base or snapped 10 to 15 feet in the air.


“One of the tree tops was turned in mid-air and landed opposite to its expected orientation had this been straight-line winds, indicative of a very brief tornado touchdown,” the National Weather Service said.

It traveled for about 240 feet before lifting off as it moved east of the cul-de-sac.

After the Centreville tornado struck, another EF-0 tornado touched down in the Tysons Corner area. That tornado caused damage to two gas stations on Chain Bridge Road.

Abigail Constantino

Abigail Constantino started her journalism career writing for a local newspaper in Fairfax County, Virginia. She is a graduate of American University and The George Washington University.

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