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2011 News Releases

Severe storms pass through Farmville

April 28, 2011

Severe Weather near Longwood University over the Town of Farmville
Photograph courtesy of Amelia Perry

A line of severe thunderstorms passed through Virginia on Wednesday night, bringing possible tornadoes, high winds, power outages, downed trees and blocked roads.

The Associated Press reported that "In Farmville, the storm came through 'moving pretty fast' and left a destructive path about four miles long, knocking down trees and power lines and ripping off roofs, said Tim Doss, assistant chief of the Randolph Volunteer Fire Department."

Longwood University Police Chief Col. Robert Beach, speaking to the AP, said an officer saw a funnel cloud over a university apartment complex that didn't touch down. He said there was no damage on campus but "pretty significant damage" north of campus, with downed trees and 2-inch hail.

As of Thursday morning, the National Weather Service had not yet confirmed any tornadoes in Virginia.


The following video was shot by Jessica Palmen, a senior from Mechanicsville, Va.