- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 1, 2005


The National Weather Service has confirmed that two tornadoes touched down in Virginia on Tuesday night as the remnants of Hurricane Katrina moved north across the area.

Forecasters said a tornado first touched down at 8:08 p.m. about two miles northeast of the town of Orlean in Fauquier County. The tornado — rated an F0 on the Fujita scale — was on the ground for about three-quarters of a mile and was about 75 yards wide, forecasters said. The strong wind uprooted a few trees and caused one tree to fall on a building.

The second tornado — an F1 on the Fujita scale — touched down at 8:17 p.m. about two miles south of the town of Ada and west of the town of Marshall in Fauquier County.

Forecasters said the funnel cloud, which was 300 yards wide, was on the ground for about five miles and damaged 15 buildings. The twister also split and uprooted many trees, but forecasters said no injuries were reported.

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