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Storm Near Tall Oaks Was a Tornado

Winds of 80 miles per hour uprooted trees, NWS says.

The National Weather Service ha.

Preliminary reports say that the tornado touched down between 11:25 and 11:28 p.m.on April 27. Maximum wind speeds were 80 miles per hour. The width of the tornado was 75 yards and the length was 1.1 miles.

There were no reported injuries, but there was damage to trees, cars and property in the area of Wiehle Avenue, Wedge Drive, North Shore Drive and around the Tall Oaks Assisted Living facility.

 The NWS says this is premilinary info prending further review.

The tornado began in a parking lot on Sunset Hills Road. It crossed Sunset Hills and blew through Hidden Creek Country Club's golf course, where it snapped several trees, according to the NWS report.

It then weakened sightly as it crossed North Shore and Wedge, damaging more trees.

It intensified again as it crossed Wiehle Avenue towards Tall Oaks Village Center

David Barry May 04, 2011 at 04:10 AM
Well, gee. I guess that came close to putting the empty grocery store out of its misery.
JAK May 05, 2011 at 06:58 AM
This is wild. I was up all night scoping out the radar and severe weather warnings all throughout the eastern half of the United States, and yet I never saw any indication of this. I'm up in the North Point section of Reston, and we certainly missed out on this twister action! We were actually quite fortunate, as the more severe of the storms that originated out west (In the Shenandoah Valley) barely skirted us to the west as it produced tornadic activity all the way up through Leesburg, VA, and beyond. The Reston tornado was obviously a surprise occurrence, but alas, such things do occur from time-to-time (Back in the late 1970's/early 1980's we had one over on Old Trail Dr., and it sucked a large Weeping Willow tree right out of our yard as a family member watched on, in awe!).
Florence Frey May 05, 2011 at 08:09 PM
I'm so thankful this juvenile well behaved tornado had the good sense to leave the retirement home alone, or there would have been hell to pay! Every self-respecting tornado knows to leave the old folks alone, as they have already paid their dues in life.
Diane Allen May 05, 2011 at 09:09 PM
Saw all the damage behind the Nursing Home--the day after the storm!! The older folks plus the staff must have been scared for sure. I never heard on the news it was a Tornado until this Patch article. I live very close by....and heard those terrible winds!! Hope we do get a new store where the old Giant was.....I've lived here for 30 years and the Tall Oaks Community needs a grocery store again......Bring Bloom in PLEASE!!!! I remember when this was a thriving shopping Center with restaurants, banks, hallmark store and of course GIANT!!!!
will mcgowan May 09, 2011 at 12:56 PM
Don't forget the old 7-11 and Burger King and the Video store that use to be there as well as the Giant and the two other grocery stores that could not sustain enough business to stay open. Tall Oaks is so off the beaten path nobody goes there. However - it is right next to the next major over-traveled and congested road (once the Metro opens) May be time to re-think restrictions and model this dying shopping center into a mini Reston Town Center? Thoughts?

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