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Richmond Times-Dispatch 

Story of state's deadliest tornadoes still chilling, vital


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ninety years after Virginia's worst tornado outbreak — a day that claimed 22 lives and shattered several rural communities — the stories are as chilling and vital as ever.

On May 2, 1929, five strong tornadoes swept through rural portions of the counties of Scott, Alleghany, Bath, Rappahannock, Loudoun, Culpeper and Fauquier.

The first and deadliest of the day's tornadoes razed a two-story wooden schoolhouse in the Rye Cove area of Scott, 30 miles west-northwest of Bristol.

Of the nearly 155 students in or near the school building on that rainy Thursday afternoon,...

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