Serious damage reported after confirmed tornado near Smith Mountain Lake

A woman protected herself from the wind while passing through Copley Square in Boston this month

Craig F. Walker Globe Staff A woman protected herself from the wind while passing through Copley Square in Boston this month

The National Weather Service has said that they would be investigating near the Thaxton area and perhaps in Halifax County as well.

The National Weather Service has ranked a tornado that touched down in Bedford County Friday morning as an EF-1.

It has been determined that the tornado touched down at 5:50 AM EDT 4.5 miles south of Clermot, GA and then picked up three minutes later 4.4 miles SE of Clermot, GA.

The storm likely had a maximum wind speed of 105 miles per hour, weather experts said, revealing that the storm snapped and uprooted trees and damaged the roofs of a home and a barn.

According to WHSV's sister station, WDBJ, strong, gusty winds and a confirmed tornado in the area led to downed trees and damage to buildings.

Photos show property damage caused by severe storms and a confirmed tornado in Franklin County. The tornado also destroyed an outbuilding off Centennial Road.

Crews in St. Thomas Township are dealing with considerable damage from a likely tornado Friday evening.

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