Tornado Causes Damage in Franklin County, Virginia, While Storms Continue to Threaten Region

April 19, 2019
Karen Yoho |

Tornado Causes Damage in Franklin County, Virginia, While Storms Continue to Threaten Region

Washington DC - The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down Friday morning in Franklin County, Virginia. Several homes have been destroyed or damaged by the high winds, hail, and flying debris.

The Salvation Army of Martinsville and The Salvation Army of Roanoke responded. They are providing meals for first responders and volunteers at the Franklin County Emergency Management incident command post, offering spiritual care to families, and distributing clean up kits. As the area continues to be under a tornado watch through this evening, the Salvation Army team is prepared to shelter at Bethel Methodist Church. Additional clean up kits will be distributed tomorrow and the scope of further canteen operations will be determined.

The Salvation Army National Capital & Virginia Division is closely monitoring storms, as tornado warnings have also been posted across the region in Virginia and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.  To support The Salvation Army's disaster relief efforts, visit

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