Small tornado grew out of storm Friday evening
National Weather Service confirms a brief twister hit near Broad Run
The furious wind and rain witnessed Friday evening in Fauquier and western Prince William counties in Virginia were part of an intense storm that produced a small tornado.
The National Weather Service said Saturday that it had confirmed a brief tornado near Broad Run in Fauquier County.
Rated at EF-0, the lowest level on the tornado intensity scale, the twister uprooted many trees and snapped big branches along a 1.2-mile path that ran just south of John Marshall Highway and also Interstate 66, according to the Weather Service.
Striking shortly after 6 p.m. and paralleling the two roads, it followed a track about 100 yards wide as it headed east toward the border between Fauquier and Prince William counties, according to the Weather Service.
Brittany Rogers, who was in a car on I-66 near Haymarket, said visibility fell to zero and drivers stopped.
Friday’s twister came in the same week as a far more powerful tornado toppled trees and damaged houses in Salisbury, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Although Friday’s storms seemed most intense in Northern Virginia, they demonstrated their strength in Maryland as well, with two houses possibly struck by lightning.
And as if it was not wet enough Friday, rain returned Saturday night. It postponed the D.C. United soccer game, as the team cited both inclement weather and conditions on the field, which appeared to resemble the legendary swamp.
It delayed by about three hours the start of the Washington Nationals baseball game.
In addition, trees continued to topple in Virginia, Maryland and the District.
Wind gusts of at least 40 mph were measured in several spots.