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.