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

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army, established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need without discrimination for more than 135 years in the U.S. More than 25 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through a range of social services: food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless, and opportunities for underprivileged children. The Salvation Army tracks the level of need across the country with the Human Needs Index ( The Salvation Army has served survivors of every major national disaster since 1900. The Salvation Army does not place an administrative fee on disaster donations. During emergency disasters, 100 percent of designated gifts are used to support specific relief efforts. For more information, go to or follow on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS.

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