2017 Virginia Tornado Family
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The Fredericksburg EF4 tornado
Date of tornado outbreak: May 17, 2017
Duration1: 3 hours, 23 minutes, 18 seconds
Maximum rated tornado2: EF4 tornado
Tornadoes caused: 6
Damages: <$635,000,000 (2016 USD)
Fatalities: 12
Areas affected: Virgina

1Time from first tornado to last tornado
2Most severe tornado damage; see Fujita scale

 On May 17, 2017, a band of supercells produced damaging wind, large hail, and 6 tornadoes across northern Virginia. The largest hail was in Luray, where a hailstone was measured at 3.7 inches. The strongest tornado was en EF4 tornado that decimated part of Fredericksburg. An EF2 tornado also caused moderate damage to the Washington Monument in Washington D.C.

Tornado Count

6 3 1 1 0 1 0


List of confirmed tornadoes - Wednesday, May 17th, 2017
EF# Location County Time (West Coast Time) Path Length (miles) Maximum Path Width (yards) Estimated Damage (2016 USD) Summary


EF0 Luray Page 11:34 AM - 11:36 AM .2 miles 5 yards (15 ft) $0

Weak rope tornado caused damage to trees near Luray.

EF1 S of Fredericksburg None(Independant City) 11:40 AM - 11:47 AM 2.6 miles 36 yards (108 ft) $100 Minor tornado caused moderate roof damage near Fredericksburg.
EF0 E of Locust Grove Orange 12:08 PM - 12:13 PM 5.3 miles 56 yards (168 ft) $50 Rope tornado tore shingles off of a house near Locust Grove.
EF0 SSE of Culpeper Culpeper 12:29 PM - 12:32 PM .9 miles

700 yards (2100 ft)


Violent wedge tornado touched down SSE of Culpeper, only uprooting large trees due to being in an open forest. Originally rated EF4 becuase of 190 mph winds, downgraded to EF0 because of lack of major damage.

EF4 S of Fredericksburgto WNW of Manassas None, Both Independant Cities 12:58 PM - 1:45 PM 35.2 miles 437 yards (1311 ft) $600,000,000 11 deaths - See section below
EF2 Washington D.C. District of Columbia

1:42 PM - 1:50 PM

7.9 miles 201 yards (603 ft) $30,000,000 1 death - See Section Below

Notable Tornadoes

Fredericksburg, Virginia

EF4 (violent) tornado (NWS)
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Duration 12:58 PM – 1:45 PM
Intensity 305 km/h (190 mph) (1-min)
At 12:58 in the afternoon on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017, the single strongest, costliest and tied for deadliest tornado in Virginia's history touched down near Fredericksburg. Istantly became EF4 tornado as it attained it's full fith-of-a mile wide form. 301 houses in Fredericksburg were destroyed, with 452 being damaged. It killed 10 and injured 381 there. As it moved out of the isolated supercell, it rapidly lost power, killing at EF2 intensity SW of Manassas. It then dissipated  WSW of Manassas.  It became the deadliest, costliest aand strongest tornado in Virginia history aftter it killed 11, injured 746 and caused $600 million dollars in damage (2016 USD).

Wasington D.C., District of Columbia

EF2 (strong) tornado (NWS)
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Duration 1:42 PM – 1:50 PM
Intensity 215 km/h (130 mph) (1-min)
Shortly before the Fredericksburg tornado dissipated, the same storm spawend a second strong tornado near Washington D.C. at 1:42 PM. The tornado was caught in a photo as it touched down near the Washingto Monument. It rapidly intensified, at then struck the Monument seonds after forming. 130 mph winds blew off the top 2 floors, killing 1 and injuring 12 others. The tornado attained this intensity, and then went in a loop. Instead of hitting the now severely damaged Monument, it went back to it's touchdown location and dissipated shortly afterward. The tornado injured 13, killed 1, and caused $300 million dollars in damage (2016 USD), most of it from the damage to the Monument.