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Virginia Tornadoes April 16, 2011


Talking points as of 4/19/2011, 4 p.m.


  • The National Weather Service confirmed 10 tornadoes touched down in the commonwealth on Saturday, April 16:
  • Loudoun County (EF0: wind speeds of 85 mph)
  • Rockbridge County (EF0)
  • Augusta County (EF1: wind speeds of 95 mph)
  • Dinwiddie County (EF1)
  • Lunenburg County (EF1)
  • Middlesex (EF1: this is the second tornado to be confirmed in Middlesex)
  • Middlesex (EF2: wind speeds 111-135 mph)
  • Halifax County (EF2)
  • Isle of Wight County (EF2)
  • Surry- James City-Gloucester-Mathews counties (EF3: wind speeds 136-165)
  •  176 private structures are reported to have suffered major damage, 77 of them destroyed.  One public school is reported with significant damage.
  • There are no significant storm-related power outages
  • No shelters are open.
  • As of 1:30 p.m., 40 secondary roads are closed due to high water. 
  • Governor Bob McDonnell declared a state of emergency in response to Saturday’s severe weather across the Commonwealth, authorizing state agencies to assist local efforts in response and recovery efforts.
  • A state of emergency allows state resources to be made available and ensures a fully coordinated state response to support local recovery efforts.  A declaration also decreases time and paperwork needed to get personnel, equipment and supplies on scene.
  • The governor announced today that those affected by the severe storms that struck Virginia on April 8 and April 16 will be granted a 30-day extension for filing returns and making payments on their state taxes.
  • This extension will apply to taxpayers located in the cities of Charlottesville and Waynesboro, and in the following counties: Albemarle, Augusta, Bath, Carroll, Dinwiddie, Gloucester, Halifax, Isle of Wight, James City, Lunenburg, Middlesex, Pulaski, Page, Rockbridge, Shenandoah, Surry, and Warren.  Taxpayers outside of these areas who sustained severe damage from the storms may also request an extension.
  • Taxpayers with additional questions should contact the Virginia Department of Taxation at (804) 367-8031 for individual income tax questions or (804) 367-8037 for business tax questions
  • The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner has confirmed five deaths as storm related: two in Gloucester County, two in Waynesboro City and one in Wythe County.  A third death in Gloucester County was attributed to natural causes. The number of confirmed weather related deaths may change as information becomes available. Also reported are 36 injuries. Six deaths have been reported.
  • The most effective way to help disaster victims is to make a financial contribution to a charitable or faith-based group that provides disaster assistance to your community.  A list of disaster assistance organizations in Virginia accepting cash donations is available at NDMN




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