February 24, 2016, Tornadoes in Virginia Recalled One Year Later in Richmond and Lynchburg Newspaper Articles

Two news media items in February 2017 look back on the eight-tornado disaster that struck Virginia on February 24, 2016.

Feb. 24, 2016: The day eight tornadoes swept across Virginia,” by K. Burnell Evans, Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2/23/17.  This article focuses on impacts in the Sussex County town of Waverly, where three people were killed.  The article is available online at http://www.richmond.com/weather/she-couldn-t-fall-apart-brother-says-of-woman-who/article_ed707c42-21e7-55d1-b200-38ffbfbaf185.html; or contact the newspaper at 300 E. Franklin Street, Richmond, VA 23219; (804) 649-6000; e-mail: content@richmond.com.

One year later—Bravery amid fear: riding out the tornado at Appomattox County High School,” by Ben Cates, Lynchburg News & Advance, 2/18/17.  This article gives accounts from several staff and students at Appomattox County High School, in Appomattox, Va., who experienced a February 24 tornado that touched down about five miles from the school.  That tornado killed one county resident, made 40 families’ homes uninhabitable, and caused $11 million in damage.  The article is available online at http://www.newsadvance.com/news/local/bravery-amid-fear-riding-out-the-tornado-at-appomattox-county/article_775b0982-f659-11e6-8ae4-1b8051f5893e.html (as of 2/20/17), or contact the newspaper at 101 Wyndale Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501; (434) 385-5400 or (800) 275-8830.

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