UPDATED 4:05 pm — The National Weather Service has confirmed it was a tornado in Appomattox County — no surprise to anyone in the storm’s path or who has viewed its aftermath. The weather service estimates the twister had wind speeds of 136 to 165 miles per hour on its 13-mile path, and at times, it was up to 400 yards wide.
UPDATED 1:15 pm: Appomattox County officials have released the identity of the man killed in yesterday’s severe storm. The body of 78-year-old Edward Harris of Evergreen was found last night not far from his home. Meantime, county officials have announced that Appomattox County schools will be closed Friday.
UPDATED 8:45 am: Appomattox County was severely impacted Wednesday by a reported funnel cloud that left an 8-10 mile path of destruction in its wake. There are seven confirmed injuries resulting from the storm and multiple structures damaged along Route 460 and Route 727, and into the communities of Evergreen and Promise Land. Of the seven injuries, two are serious. Authorities say a man that was reported missing from the Evergreen community of Appomattox County is dead. His residence was destroyed by the reported funnel cloud that swept through the region of Evergreen and Red House. His remains will be transported to the Office of the Medical Examiner for positive identification. There are numerous downed trees and power lines county wide, with an estimated 3,000 to 4,000 residences currently without electricity.
Appomattox County has set up two shelters for local residents:
- The Community Center at 220 Community Lane in the Town of Appomattox
- Pamplin Fire Department
The county is currently in the process of setting up a Help Line at 434-352-2637 for residents with up-to-date information and available resources. In addition, the county is posting updates on its Facebook page located here.
The Lynchburg Rotary Club is working in colaboration with Habitat for Humanity this year. It is our Goal to fund the construction costs for a House in Lynchburg Virginia. The funds we raise from the Irish Festival will go to support Habitat for Humanity and the Rotary Foundation of Lynchburg.
Lynchburg’s Old City Cemetery’s five historic museums will be open to the public on Sunday. The Mourning Museum, Pest House Medical Museum, Stapleton Station House and the Chapel all will be decorated for the holidays with seasonal greenery– There will also be hot cider and cookies. Visit: www.gravegarden.org for more information.
Campbell County will host an Empty Bowls event on Thursday. The all-you-can eat soup and bread event is a fundraiser for the Rural Emergency Aid Program (REAP). The meal is provided to those making donations of $10.00. Participants also have the option of purchasing a handmade bowl, donated by local potters. Purchase of a bowl also includes all-you-can eat bread and homemade soup. The lunch meals will be served between 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. AND for dinner between 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. The December 12th, event will be held at the Ruritan Club in Rustburg. Search the events list at: www.co.campbell.va.us for more information.
Point of Honor will host its Annual Christmas Open House on Sunday December 1. The 1815 build home will be decorated with native greens and authentic holiday table settings based on Federal-era traditions. The event is scheduled from noon until 4:00 p.m. A Harp will perform period music in the parlor, and the T.C. Miller Singing Eagles will be caroling around the grounds. For more information, visit www.pointofhonor.org
Registration for the 25th annual Turkey Trot begins today. The 5K goes through downtown Lynchburg on Thanksgiving morning. Organizers around 2,700 people are expected to participate either walking or running this year. All of the proceeds from this race benefit the 21 programs and services of Presbyterian Homes & Family Services and the Family Alliance. The run includes either a 5K or Youth Mile. Or start your Thanksgiving off on a slower pace and be a part of our 5K Fun Walk. To register visit www.phfs.org/events
Pavement marker installation along the northwest portion of the Lynchburg Expressway, originally scheduled for November 16-17, has been rescheduled to Saturday and Sunday, November 23-24, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day (weather permitting). The work will be conducted between the Wiggington Road interchange and Boonsboro Road. Both north bound and south bound lanes will remain open; however, motorists should use caution when traveling through the work zone.
Lynchburg Municipal Offices will be closed on November 28-29, in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday– Trash will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day. Thursday trash routes will be collected on Friday, November 29 instead. The Regional Landfill on Concord Turnpike will be CLOSED on Thanksgiving Day.