NWS: EF-3 tornado path length extended, separate EF-0 tornado touched down in Amherst Co.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- The National Weather Service has extended the path length of the EF-3 tornado that hit Lynchburg, Campbell County, and Amherst County on Sunday, April 15 and concluded that a separate EF-0 tornado touched down in Amherst County.
Based on additional air and ground surveys from the Amherst County Sheriff's Office and schools with access to a drone, as well as photos from a resident, the National Weather Service said the final path of the tornado that tracked through Lynchburg and across the James River into Amherst County has been extended.
The additional data was collected over a period of time extending from the middle of last week, the weekend, and even into Wednesday.
The NWS said it learned of additional damage at the Camp Sacajawea Girl Scout Camp on Fox Hill Road between Lynchburg and the James River, in a corner of Bedford County.
NWS officials concluded that the final path length of nearly continuous tornado damage is now 25.8 miles, ending in the area of Mt. Pleasant and Stonewall Creek Roads, just south of Piney Mountain, where the tornado appeared to lift around 7:33 p.m.
That means the EF-3 tornado was on the ground for a total of 33 minutes.
The tornado had maximum winds between 130 mph - 150 mph.
It started near Timberlake Road in Campbell County and reached a maximum path width of 600 yards.
Furthermore, the NWS said a separate tornado touched down on the north side of Piney Mountain near Indian Creek Road, but was only on the ground for a few minutes.
That means five tornadoes touched down in Virginia on Sunday.