Waverly Tornado Plus Memorial Day Weekend

May 24th, 2014 at 9:13 pm by under Weather

If you didn’t ready Jeremy’s blog yesterday, you should definitely check it out. He wrote an awesome blog recapping the severe weather we saw Thursday night. The National Weather Service in Wakefield surveyed the wind damage yesterday and confirmed a tornado near Waverly (Sussex County). They rated the tornado an EF-0 with estimated maximum sustained winds between 65-75 mph. The tornado only traveled 1.5 miles and was only 100 yards wide, but it still damaged homes, businesses and trees.

Waverly Tornado

Waverly Tornado Track

The tornado developed just north of Highway 460, south of Petersburg Road. The tornado then moved south, damaging parts of the Napa Auto Parts Store. Numerous trees were snapped and uprooted. Highway 460 was closed for some time due to downed trees covering the road. The First Baptist Church, neighboring cemetery, and homes along New Street also sustained minor damage. The tornado lifted just west of Waverly.

Waverly Tree Damage

Waverly Tree Damage

No severe weather expected this weekend! We are looking at great weather for Memorial Day Weekend. Today, we saw highs in the low to mid 70s with low humidity.

Saturday's Highs

Saturday’s Highs

It was cooler at the beaches today due to the northerly and northeasterly breeze. Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 60s right now. I went to the beach early this morning and it was chilly out there! Temperatures were in the upper 60s and the wind was blowing out of the north creating a slight chill in the air. Sunday and Monday are looking warmer….better beach days in my opinion. :) Expect a few afternoon clouds tomorrow with highs around 80° with mid/upper 70s at the beaches. Here is your Sunday beach forecast. Reminder: The Steel Pier Classic is being held at 1st Street at  the Virginia Beach Oceanfront through Monday.

Sunday Beach Forecast

Sunday Beach Forecast

If you don’t have plans to hit the beach tomorrow, there are a couple of outdoor events you can attend instead. The Pungo Strawberry Festival runs from 9-7 PM in Virginia Beach and the Umoja Festival in Portsmouth runs from 2-7 PM. The warm weather will continue on Memorial Day with highs in the mid 80s and a bit more humidity. Enjoy your 3-day holiday weekend!

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona


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