(07/07/2016)
UPDATE 7/7/2016 - A survey team of meteorologists from the National Weather Service's Charleston Forecast Office has determined that a tornado touched down in the Loudendale area of Kanawha County on Monday.

The tornado uprooted and snapped off trees for about five minutes along a 2.25-mile-long, 100-yard-wide path starting near Kanawha State Forest Drive.

The Category E-0 tornado, the least powerful of six tornado categories used by the NWS, was confirmed on Wednesday. It caused sporadic tree damage but resulted in no injuries and no other apparent property losses when it touched down shortly after 5 p.m. on Monday. The twister's wind speed was estimated at 70 miles per hour.

Another Category E-0 tornado touched down Monday near Yawkey in Lincoln County.

Straight line winds associated with a microburst on Monday uprooted trees, collapsed the walls of a barn, ripped the roof off a single-wide manufactured home and the underpinning off a double-wide mobile home along a five-mile path that started about three miles north-northeast of Jacksons Mill in Lewis County and ended just east of Interstate 79, about two miles southwest of Lost Creek in Harrison County, another National Weather Service survey team determined.

ORIGINAL STORY - West Virginia is an area not prone to tornadoes, but the weather pattern appears to be changing.

The National Weather Service on July 4 issued a tornado warning near Alum Creek.

Police said there was a tornado in the area.

The Kanawha County Emergency Operations Center was activated.

A storm in Louisa, Kentucky, has damaged a Walmart store and overturned several vehicles in a parking lot.

A tornado, yet unconfirmed, a possible went through the small town of Yawkey on July 4, the town is about 11 miles south of Hamlin in Lincoln County. Damage was reported to a church and some structures.

The National Weather Service confirmed that a tornado touched down in Jackson County In June, one of several tornadoes that have been confirmed in West Virginia in recent months.

The NWS says an EF-1 tornado touched down 2.5 miles southwest of Kenna in southern Jackson County at 5 a.m.

The tornado produced 90 mph winds, had a 100-yard long path and was 20 yards wide.

Two injuries were reported.

A tornado was confirmed earlier 4.3 miles east of Philippi in Barbour County with wind speeds at 105 miles per hour.

State media says damage was also reported in Calhoun County, however, the NWS determined it was not a tornado that caused the damage but a microburst, reportedly in the Mud Fork area, Stinson.

No injuries were reported in that incident.


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