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Seven tornadoes confirmed in Virginia

The National Weather Service says seven tornadoes hit Virginia during last Thursday’s thunderstorms. The storm system started in the afternoon and worked its way north, spurring tornado watches and warnings throughout the area, including in Stafford and Spotsylvania counties.

Here’s a timeline of what happened, according to the Sterling and Wakefield offices:

On Thursday, word of the strong storm hit our newsroom when the first tornado struck at about 3:40 p.m. near Mineral, in Louisa County, where the Aug. 23 earthquake was centered. It damaged the historic home Sylvania, as you can see in the photo below, taken shortly after the storm. The tornado tore the roof and porches off the home, built in 1746.

Another hit Orange County around 4 p.m., leaving a narrow path of tree damage from near State Route 628 to 627, in the Nasons area.

Between 4:45 and 5:05 p.m., another was observed in New Kent County.

At 5 p.m., in Fauquier County, a tornado flattened a large barn, damaged the roof on another barn, tore a porch from a house and snapped or uprooted several trees.

Another hit the Aquia area of Stafford at 5:22 p.m. A NWS survey revealed damage to roofing, home siding, a fence and many trees and road signs.

NWS confirmed there was a tornado shortly after–at 5:29 p.m.–in the Triangle area of southern Prince William County. Video showed the tornado crossing Interstate 95-S, and a survey showed damage to trees from I-95 north of the entrance to Quantico to just north of Joplin Road. A Facebook user posted this video to the facebook wall Thursday.

Finally, in the Clifton area of Fairfax County, a tornado left “sporadic damage” from the Colchester area to near Forest Hills.

Storm damage at Historic Sylvania near Gordonsville. Photo by Reza Marvashti/The Free Lance-Star