IW tornado took 20-mile path

Published 10:33 pm Tuesday, April 19, 2011

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service said Tuesday the tornado that hit Isle of Wight County on Saturday evening took just 30 minutes to travel 20 miles.

The tornado began east of Walters and remained on the ground continuously while traveling north-northeast almost to Route 10 west of Route 258, about a half mile from Smithfield, meteorologist Bill Sammler said.

Sammler believes the EF-2 tornado traveled at 50 to 60 miles per hour with winds of 111 to 135 mph.


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“Most of the damage we found (Monday) was in pockets,” he said. “There was quite a bit of damage to some farms between Walters and Carrsville and up further north close to Route 460 and in the Central Hill Road area.”

The tornado traveled through some very rural and wooded areas.

“Those areas tend not to have damage that everyone focuses on,” Sammler said.

Isle of Wight County officials reported that 25 homes were damaged and four were destroyed. Damage estimates as of Tuesday remained at $2 million, said Don Robertson, public information officer for the county.

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Tuesday that taxpayers in Isle of Wight and other counties and cities affected by the storms have an extra 30 days to file their Virginia taxes if their financial records are unavailable because of severe storm damage.

The extended deadline applies to all tax payments that had a due date, or an extended due date, on or after April 16 and on or before May 2. These include sales and use tax returns, withholding tax returns, income tax returns, and estimated tax payments. The extension does not apply to federal taxes.

To receive the special filing extension, taxpayers affected by the severe storm damage should write “Severe Storm Relief” at the top of their paper returns. The Virginia Department of Taxation will waive interest and any late-filing or late-payment penalties that would otherwise apply.