In a matter of seconds students at Lynchburg-Clay High School went from playing basketball and volleyball to taking cover in the school bathrooms.
What the National Weather Service has categorized as an F-0 to F-1 tornado traveled through Highland County on Wednesday and left a reported three-mile path of damage.
More than 40 students were at Lynchburg-Clay for a basketball camp and volleyball practice when they saw a rotating cloud and heard loud wind, witnesses told FOX19's Lisa Hutson.
"We had enough supervision to get the kids in place where they needed to be," said Lychburg-Clay Schools Superintendent Shope.
Students said it only lasted 30 seconds but the scenery was much different when they emerged from cover. Trees and lamp posts were down, the side of the school was blown out and part of the roof collapsed.
"We are thankful for the safety of our children and staff. Buildings and sports facilities can be fixed but the lives of our children are precious," said the superintendent.
After assessing damage in the area, the NWS categorized the severe weather as a tornado with 85 MPH winds. There were no severe injuries in the tornado.
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