New view: Photog captures tornado-smashed 'Sylvania' from sky
The tornado that roared through the Green Springs Historic District of triple-punched Louisa County gave Hook contributing photographer Skip Degan an opportunity to pilot a fixed-wing aircraft over the scene two days later.
Flying on Saturday morning, October 15, Degan captured an image of the wreckage after what the National Weather Service describes as an F-1 tornado tore past "Sylvania," a circa 1746 plantation house.
The image shows that formerly Mount Vernonesque Sylvania lost its roof, its portico, and a tree as well as sustaining other damage to the property.
The tornado roared through the 6700 block of U.S. 15, also known as James Madison Highway, nearly two months after a one-two punch of 5.8 earthquake and Hurricane Irene struck within days of each other.
Ironically, Louisa officials learned just a day before the tornada that FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, had denied funding to individual property owners who suffered uninsured losses in the quake.
Compounding the irony, as the Daily Progress' Bryan McKenzie reported, was that the 41st measured aftershock struck at magnitude of 3.0 during the bad news meeting with FEMA. And just when you thought the insults had ended, on Friday the 14th, Barack Obama, the U.S. President on a southern bus tour to rally voters, declined Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's invitation to visit the natural disaster-plagued county.
One bright spot is that country music superstar Alan Jackson, following an online contest, has agreed to play a free concert in Louisa county. Exactly where, when, and how that might happen, however, remains to be seen.
Nobody was injured in the tornado, but one ardent storm-chaser posted some relatively-sizzling video on YouTube.
–edited for print to add the Mount Vernon resemblance at 10:06am, Tuesday, October 18Read more on: sylvania farms