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Looking Back at the Storm of '93

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Lynchburg, VA - We all remember the violent derecho that blew through our area almost one year ago.

"Kinda one of those things you never forget where you were when it hit, this is one of those events," said Kenny Shelton, radio host at WYYD.

On June 4 1993, Kenny Shelton, from the radio show Kenny and Judy in the Morning on WYYD was at one of their "Live at 5" concerts in Lynchburg.

The music was just cranking up when the weather took a turn for the worse.

"I introduced the band and they played half a song and said, 'big storm coming, we gotta go'," said Shelton.

A thunderstorm that contained a micro burst raced through our area packing 70 mile per hour winds.

"We were hunkered down in the WYYD van with hail coming down so loud that we couldn't even hear ourselves think," said Shelton

Almost all of Lynchburg lost power, and dozens of buildings were damaged.

Two years later, in June of 1995, Lynchburg was hit with deadly flooding.

The dam at Timberlake broke, flooding homes, leaving people stranded in flood waters, and ultimately killing two people.

In terms of cost, Virginia ranks 9th on NOAA's list for weather events. Between 1980 and 2012, Virginia experienced 35 severe weather events that cost more than a billion dollars in damage. That's out of 144 nationwide.

ABC-13 Chief Meteorologist Sean Sublette says Virginia doesn't necessarily experience more severe weather than most other states, but when it does happen, it's expensive.

"We're a pretty highly developed state in the east here in Virginia. Between D.C., Hampton Roads, Norfolk being the largest naval port in the whole world, so we've got a lot of things to break so to speak," said Sublette.

With the one year Anniversary coming up of last year's derecho, Sublette says not to worry, those are rare.

"That's a once in a 10 or 20 year kind of phenomenon," said Sublette.

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