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NWS confirms Saturday tornado in Bristow, Manassas

© Leesburg Today - 06/23/2015

A small tornado tore through a swath of Bristow and Manassas city during Saturday night's severe storms, according to the National Weather Service in Sterling.

The tornado was 100 yards in width and traveled 2.1 miles between 7:27 p.m. and 7:32 p.m., the weather service said in a statement Tuesday. Its maximum wind speed was 85 mph.

Weather service investigators conducted a ground survey, along with studying radar analysis, to confirm the small twister, which began near the intersection of Va. 28 at Nokesville Road.

""The tornado then moved northeast along Route 28, ending its damage path at the baseball fields at the intersection of Godwin Drive and Route 28,"" the statement said.

The bulk of the damage was done at the Broad Run Golf and Training Facility, where ""about a half-dozen softwood trees between 12 and 18 inches in diameter were snapped approximately four feet above the ground,"" the weather service said.

Damage at the baseball fields at the intersection of Va. 28 and Godwin Drive included a scoreboard being snapped, along with baseball dugout roofs lifted and blown away.

The field is home to the Greater Manassas Baseball League, which had finished for the season. But the league's 8U Girls softball travel team had planned to practice there for the upcoming state tournament July 2-4. The fields are now closed due to storm damage, but the team will use a local high school field to practice.

The weather service said damage was sporadic along the tornado's 2.1 path, but coincided with a ""tornadic signature"" on radar.

The tornado was classified as an EFO on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, the smallest on the scale of one to five.

The weather service said more severe storms are possible tonight and has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the entire D.C. area through 11 p.m.

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