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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Blacksburg VA
1119 AM EDT Thu May 6 2021

...National Weather Service concludes straight-line wind damage
from downbursts on May 4th in Bedford and Amherst Counties...

On the afternoon of May 4, 2021, severe thunderstorms resulted in numerous
reports of downed trees as well as some structural damage across
parts of southwest and into central Virginia. Two of these areas
of damage have received some attention. After coordination with
local emergency officials, reviewing photos, and carefully
reviewing radar data and environmental data, the NWS in Blacksburg
has concluded all of this damage was due to straight line winds
from downbursts associated with these thunderstorms. Some specific

Very close to 300 PM EDT on May 4th, damage occured at the
Robincrest Mobile Home Park about 2 miles west of Thaxton off of
U.S. 460. This included one mobile home shifted off it`s
foundation with significant damage to the structure, as well as
some minor damage to at least one other mobile home, and several
large trees uprooted in the area. Based on analysis of the damage,
it was concluded that localized winds from the southwest as high
as 70-75 mph caused this damage. In addition, other sporadic wind
damage was reported in this area, including quite a few downed
trees and damage to a skylight to a house on a farm just northeast
of this area off of Penicks Mill Rd, as well as some tree damage along
Taylor Mountain Rd and Buffalo Run. Based on radar this likely
occurred very close to or a minute or two after the damage at the
mobile home park, and was also consistent with straight line wind

This same storm tracked toward the northeast and produced other
reports of tree damage in northeast Bedford County and on the west
side of Lynchburg, and moved into Amherst County where at 331 PM
EDT a large tree fell and unfortunately resulted in fatal injuries
to a man who was pinned against a vehicle. This occured on B
Street in the Monroe area. All of the damage in this region was
determined to have been caused by straight line winds from
downbursts within this storm.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg would like to express
our sincere appreciation to Bedford and Amherst County Emergency
officials, Bedford Fire and Rescue, as well as local media, for
providing photos and descriptions of the damage.


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