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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 12:35 PM

Multiple reports of damage in Franklin County after tornado strike

Multiple reports of damage in Franklin County after tornado strike
By Tiffany Holland and Casey Fabris The Roanoke Times 2 hrs ago

Several homes have been destroyed and multiple downed trees have been reported in Franklin County, where the National Weather Service says a tornado touched down Friday morning.

The tornado was reported at 10:35 a.m. over Sontag, just south of Rocky Mount, moving northeast at 45 mph, according to the weather service. There also were reports of quarter-sized hail and flying debris.

Damage has been reported in the area of Sontag Road and Windy Ridge Road, according to Vance Joyner, meteorologist and forecaster with the National Weather Service in Blacksburg.

Early storm reports from the National Weather Service website report multiple downed trees, a modular home destroyed and a roof blown off of a house near U.S. 220 in Franklin County. There was also a report of a rescue squad crash in the Sontag area and damage to other buildings. U.S. 220 from Goose Dam Road to Pleasant Hill Road in Franklin County is closed due to a tree down in the road, according to Virginia Department of Transportation website.

The weather service asks people to stay safe, but when possible send reports of wind damage, hail, flooding or other damage to any of its social media pages, by emailing rnk.skywarn@noaa.gov or calling 866-215-4324.

Tornado watch issued: likely tornado damage in southern Franklin County
By Kevin Myatt | The Roanoke Times Apr 18, 2019

Please click on the National Weather Service-Blacksburg web site at www.weather.gov/rnk/ for the latest information regarding this potential severe storms threat.

My ability to follow the storm situation will be limited on Friday but I will be posting occasionally on Twitter (www.twitter.com/kevinmyattwx/) which you can view even if you are not subscribed to Twitter.

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