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Almost a tornado over Church Hill this afternoon!

Mike from Union Hill shares:

I caught this video (@ 4:53pm) of a smallish tornado forming & dropping down during one of the MANY warnings. It moved right>left over the (apparent) Church Hill skyline as I looked East from the Northbound lane of the 9th Street bridge. You have to watch carefully and patiently as it goes in & out of shape. Haven’t seen “rotation” since I was a boy in N.W. Ohio.


More than 6900 power outages in Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico as of 6 PM today. If your power went out, please contact Dominion.

There were several Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings in effect for Richmond City and the surrounding areas this afternoon. We hope you all avoided being out and stayed safe. There’s been one fatality from all the multiple tornadoes in Richmond so far.


Deb'orah Colgin 09/17/2018 at 7:10 PM

Thank God they didn’t come our way

Jeff Sahm 09/17/2018 at 7:14 PM


A. Hinds-Catlett 09/17/2018 at 7:30 PM

Looks like we dodged one…thank God! Great that you captured it, and thanks for sharing.

Althea Hinds-Catlett 09/17/2018 at 7:31 PM

Ditto x 2!

Jason Paul Smith 09/17/2018 at 9:53 PM

Too bad it didn’t Shockoe Bottom where all those shootings happen every weekend.

Beth Sanmartin 09/17/2018 at 10:46 PM

Yup that’s about 15 minutes from my house. We were in our safest part of the house for hours today!

Paul Granger 09/18/2018 at 7:20 AM

The tower to the right looks to be Cedar Street Baptist. If the funnel is over CH, it’s like it’s roughly following 25th and veering west toward Mosby (though, it could be miles past CH).
I adjust the screenshot so that you can see the funnel gets about to the treeline in the video at one point.

Michael Nesossis 09/18/2018 at 7:49 PM

The tower is Richmond Hill.
Crazy footage!

Paul Granger 09/18/2018 at 8:15 PM

The Childsavers tower by Richmond Hill has a flat top. Of the steepled towers, the orientation made me think Cedar, but it could be one of the others.

jean mcdaniel 09/18/2018 at 8:18 AM

Jason Paul Smith, Just how would your suggestion do any good / help / improve gun violence?

I am just grateful that no one was hurt .

Beautiful You with AVON 09/18/2018 at 8:28 AM


UnionHillian 09/18/2018 at 10:29 AM

Awesome footage of the same tornado taken from a plane landing at RIC:

Kay Hudgins 09/18/2018 at 10:51 AM

I’d just gotten to my gate at RIC – Miraculously the Allegiant flight to Nashville left on time! Glad this thing passed us by.

Paul Hammond 09/18/2018 at 11:10 AM

I saw several of these but they all vanished before reaching the ground.

Eric S. Huffstutler 09/18/2018 at 3:31 PM

Depth Perspective is hard to tell on the video but looks like it is at least 25th and Nine Mile or further back? But, we had lesser winds and tornado warnings and the sirens went off. From what I was told, they were not sounded with actual sightings. Wonder why?

Amira Aronovici 09/18/2018 at 4:39 PM

Way closer than we thought! Yikes!!

Ben 09/18/2018 at 6:09 PM

Eric, from my experience they sound the alarm whenever there’s a tornado warning.


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