According to a National Weather Service report on Sunday, at least 11 tornadoes reportedly touched down in Virginia Friday including two in Emporia-Greensville. No injuries in the City or County have been reported. Shortly before 7 p.m. a tornado with winds whipping at 65-75 miles per hour and the width of a football field caused minor damage to the Walmart on Market Dr.
“We just had a tornado rip through the Walmart parking lot Emporia,” wrote Parham Dixie Howell in a Facebook post shared by Windy Elliott. “You could feel the rumble in your bones.”
Another tornado reportedly crossed from Northampton County, N.C. into a rural area of southeastern Greensville County near the intersection of Brink Rd. and Collins Rd. and caused some trees to snap and others to be uprooted. No injuries were reported from that tornado, but a few miles west in Brunswick County a branch falling from a tree struck a horse and killed it.
Tornadoes were also reported in Stony Creek, Southampton County and Franklin. The wind speeds in Franklin hit as high as an estimated 159 miles per hour, injuring two people and inflicting damage or destroying parts of more than 10 buildings. WFXR reported a woman’s home was destroyed in Franklin, but she went to the basement shortly before the twister hit her home and she survived the ordeal unharmed.
Though most of the tornadoes touching down were reported in Southside Virginia, a tornado hit as far north as the Washington D.C. suburb of Fairfax and another as far west as Bedford County.