Storms leave thousands in the dark

Storms leave thousands in the dark
View from 2nd Street in Richmond (Twitter submitted photo: @latent_rg)
View from 2nd Street in Richmond (Twitter submitted photo: @latent_rg)
Hail in Sandy Hook, Goochland County (Credit: NBC12 viewer Lindsey Dewey)
Hail in Sandy Hook, Goochland County (Credit: NBC12 viewer Lindsey Dewey)

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Strong storms rolled through Central Virginia on Saturday evening, prompting several Tornado Warnings, knocking down trees and cutting power to thousands of residents.

Nickel-sized hail fell over parts of Goochland, while reports of funnel clouds came in from Hanover County. Over in Richmond, parts of Boulevard were shut down due to large trees being knocked over, including one that fell on a parked car.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch expired for Central Virginia at 11 p.m.

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During a Severe Thunderstorm Warning, damaging winds are the main threat, along with the possibility of isolated tornadoes.

Severe thunderstorms can produce damaging winds, destructive hail, deadly lightning, and very heavy rain. For your protection, you should move to an interior room on the lowest floor of your home or business. Heavy rains flood roads quickly, so do not drive into areas where water covers the road.

If a tornado or other severe weather is spotted, contact the National Weather Service or your nearest law enforcement agency, who will relay your report to the National Weather Service office in Wakefield. This act may save lives of others in the path of dangerous weather.

Outages as of 12 am:


- Goochland: 4,822
- Chesterfield 11,432
- Hanover 664
- Henrico 5,636
- New Kent 763
- Petersburg 1,165
- Powhatan 917
- Richmond City 15,164

- Amelia 353
- Brunswick 345
- Charlotte 589
- Chesterfield 1,286
- Cumberland 598
- Dinwiddie 326
- Lunenburg 246
- Nottoway 432
- Powhatan 1,446
- Prince Edward 625

Storms cancel games

The Richmond Kickers game against the Wilmington Hammerheads came to a premature end Saturday night, after storms ripped through City Stadium, knocking out power at halftime.  After a lengthy delay, the decision was made to call the game, which ended scoreless.

Over at the Diamond, the Richmond Flying Squirrels canceled the second game of a double header, instead moving it to two games on Sunday. Game 1 is set to begin at 1:35.

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