The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has completed their storm survey of the damage in Franklin Co.
They have concluded that an EF-3 Tornado, with winds of 159 miles per hour touched down near Oak Level, before ending 4 miles southeast of Rocky Mount.
EF-3 is the 4th of 6 levels of tornado strength. (See info from NWS below)
According to the report, the tornado significantly damaged three structures, while heavily destroying ten outbuildings.
Additional details: ABC 13
PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BLACKSBURG VA
225 PM EDT SAT APR 20 2019
...NWS DAMAGE SURVEY FOR APRIL 19 TORNADO EVENT...
START LOCATION...OAK LEVEL IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, VIRGINIA
END LOCATION...HENRY FORK IN FRANKLIN COUNTY, VIRGINIA
DATE...APRIL 19, 2019
ESTIMATED TIME...10:25AM EDT
MAXIMUM EF-SCALE RATING...EF-3
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED...159 MPH
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH...250 YARDS
PATH LENGTH...8.2 MILES
A TORNADO TOUCHED DOWN FRIDAY MORNING JUST TO THE NORTH OF OAK LEVEL IN
FRANKLIN COUNTY. THE TORNADO MOVED NORTHEASTWARD, SIGNIFICANTLY DAMAGING
THREE STRUCTURES WHILE HEAVILY DAMAGING OR DESTROYING TEN OUTBUILDINGS. THE
TORNADO REACHED A PEAK INTENSITY OF EF-3 NEAR WINDY RIDGE ROAD AND AGAIN
NEAR SEALTEST LANE. THE TORNADO EVENTUALLY DISSIPATED TO THE EAST OF
HENRY FORK, FOUR MILES SOUTHEAST OF ROCKY MOUNT, JUST SHORT OF DOE RUN ROAD.
EF SCALE: THE ENHANCED FUJITA SCALE CLASSIFIES TORNADOES INTO THE
EF0...WEAK......65 TO 85 MPH
EF1...WEAK......86 TO 110 MPH
EF2...STRONG....111 TO 135 MPH
EF3...STRONG....136 TO 165 MPH
EF4...VIOLENT...166 TO 200 MPH
* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT AND PUBLICATION IN NWS