Update: Feb. 8, 10 a.m.

The National Weather Service confirmed Friday night that a tornado touched down in Leesburg Friday around 7:20 a.m. The tornado brought on 85 mph winds and appeared to travel across the ground more than three miles.

The tornado ripped from Country Club SW northeast up toward Plaza Street NE, according to WUSA 9.

Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk on Friday night said 33 structures impacted and 14 people were displaced due to damage.


Feb. 7, 11:03 a.m.

There have been reports of a tornado touchdown in Leesburg during Friday morning's severe weather that brought on heavy rains, strong winds and ensuing downed trees.

The Times-Mirror has not confirmed a tornado indeed touched down in Loudoun, but pictures surfacing on social media show stark damage across the county.

National Weather Service officials said they have not confirmed a tornado in Leesburg. NWS representatives plan to visit the area later today to further survey the damage.

Some local residents remain without power, although many repairs have been completed. You can visit Dominion's outage map here and Novec's here.

Leesburg residents can report non-emergency issues to the Leesburg Police at 703-771-4500.

No major injuries have been reported as a result of the storm.

Leesburg waives limits on brush collection

The Town of Leesburg has waived volume limits and size restrictions on brush collection through Feb. 14 to help residents with storm debris cleanup.

Officials say town crews will begin collecting brush on Saturday. Items must be placed at the curb, as crews cannot enter private property to collect debris.

Branches and limbs between 4 and 8 feet long and less than 8 inches in diameter will be collected using chipping equipment, while larger items such as root balls will be collected separately.

Town residents with questions about what can and cannot be collected are encouraged to contact the Street Maintenance Division at 703-737-7073 or streets@leesburgva.gov.


Readers can email pictures to LTMeditor@loudountimes.com.

(2) comments


Must be man-made global warming.


Probably is, it causes more severe weather. It hit 64.9 °F in Antarctica.Senator James Inhofe wold be hard pressed to find a snowball to take to the Senate floor this year.

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