Tornadoes are common in Virginia. They have hit the Commonwealth in every month of the year and in every part of the state. From 2008 through 2010, 62 tornadoes struck the Commonwealth, injuring more than 220 people and causing nearly $48 million damage to homes, businesses and other property. Tornadoes hit Virginia hard in 2011:
- 51 tornadoes hit Virginia in 2011. The second highest number on record. 87 tornadoes struck in 2004.
- In April 2011, 10 people died and more than 100 were injured.
- Most tornadoes occurred during April 2011, but tornadoes also were recorded in March, May, August, September, October and November.
- In April 2011, 212 homes and 17 businesses were destroyed. More than 1,050 homes and businesses were damaged.
- Nearly every part of Virginia experienced tornadoes during 2011, including mountainous Southwest Virginia. Other areas hit:
- Central Virginia
- Hampton Roads
- Middle Peninsula
- Northern Virginia
- Roanoke Valley
- Shenandoah Valley
- Southside Virginia
- Many of the tornadoes struck at night. The powerful EF3 twister in April 2011 hit Washington County shortly after 11 p.m.
Tornadoes are nature's most violent storms. They can appear suddenly without warning and can be invisible until dust and debris are picked up or a funnel cloud appears. Be prepared to act quickly. Everyone needs to know what to do if a tornado warning is issued for their area. To learn how to prepare, use any or all of the following resources: