RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Tropical Storm Michael sparked several tornado and flash flood warnings throughout Central Virginia on Thursday afternoon, as well as heavy rain and gusty winds.
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Tornado warnings in numerous counties expired at 6 p.m., but parts of the area remain under a Tornado Watch until 9 p.m.
The threat of storms also led to most schools in the area to close early and/or cancel after-school activities.
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Richmond is under both a flash flood watch and an high wind advisory as the storm moves through late Thursday and early Friday.
Rainfall totals of 3-6″ is likely and some spots could hit as high as 10″! Localized flooding is likely.
Here’s an earlier outlook from the Weather Prediction Center, which had ALL of SW VA in either moderate or high risk of flash flooding.
Wind could be VERY STRONG overnight as the decaying storm interacts with a cold front.
This wind threat is highest at 7-10 p.m. in Richmond. If winds do gust to 50-60 we expect extensive power outages.
Here’s the computer model forecast showing a brief band of very heavy winds. The big winds will NOT be sustained, but brief. That’s when tree damage could occur. If you see a downed power line, please stay away and call your power company.
Quick clearing will follow the storm, with a sunny and cool day in the forecast for Friday.