MONETA - People living off of Route 655 in Bedford County near Smith Mountain Lake are cleaning up this morning while still trying to figure out exactly what blew through their area.
"It was intense," Desiree Vermillion said in a Facebook message right after the storm blew through. "My whole body was shaking."
A line of severe thunderstorms developed around 2:30 this morning, embedded within the already heavy rain that was falling. The NWS in Blacksburg issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northern Henry County, Eastern Franklin County, NW Pittsylvania County, Bedford County, and SW Campbell County at 2:45 a.m.
Vermillion was asleep as the storm approached and barely had enough time to get into safe shelter.
"My boyfriend woke me up and said to get our son to the bathtub, but we couldn't go that way because the window blew through," she said.
Numerous trees were uprooted and snapped, many of the trees were very large. There is damage to her roof, and her windows were blown out. Power poles are down as well.
Vermillion says she heard a loud noise as the storm blew through and thinks the storm may have been a tornado.
"The wind blew through at two different directions," Vermillion explained. "After the line of trees going up the road, there is no damage. None at all. Untouched."
The ingredients were in place for rotation in the severe storms that moved through. There was broad rotation on radar at the time of the storm. The setup included a warm front advancing north through the area with very fast mid level winds blowing out of the south on top of SE winds at the surface. The NWS will have to confirm whether or not the damage is from a tornado or straight-line winds. Both can cause major damage.
While the sun may come out Friday, the same storm system will still be spinning to our west, so additional bands of rain and storms are possible into Saturday, though not as widespread as the 1-3" of rain overnight.