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How long it's been since the last tornado in each part of the Richmond region

How long it's been since the last tornado in each part of the Richmond region

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Tornadoes can hit any part of central Virginia at any time of day, and any time of year.

As of March 2021, most counties saw their most recent strike during tornado outbreaks in 2018 or 2019. But some smaller cities have been spared for over a decade.

But these storms don't happen on an orderly schedule. The next tornado could appear in a place that was recently hit. Suffolk, for instance, dealt with six tornadoes in the past four years. Meanwhile, Charlotte County is nearly the same size and just as exposed to severe thunderstorms, but has not experienced a tornado in 38 years.

No matter how long it's been for your area, it's just as important to have a safety plan in place. Virginia's severe weather preparedness week is coming up from March 15 to 19, and the statewide tornado drill is scheduled for March 16 at 9:45 a.m.

After Richmond, other cities and counties are listed in alphabetical order.

Details come from post-storm damage surveys conducted by the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

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