RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - Round one of severe weather (the mid-morning round) has ended, but now we need to watch for round two during the late morning into the early afternoon.
The threat will shift mainly north of I-64 this afternoon. The strongest wind fields with this system are expected during the midday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and this is the time to watch for a few more storms that may produce damaging wind gusts or tornadoes. The Storm Prediction Center says a Tornado Watch is likely north of I-64.
Monday is a First Alert Weather Day for scattered strong to severe storms across Virginia. Eastern Virginia is under an enhanced risk (level 3 out of 5) in areas in orange, with much of the rest of Central Virginia in a slight risk (2 out of 5).
There have already been several reports of tree damage and power outages across Central Virginia this morning.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. we will need to watch for potential redevelopment of a few strong to severe storms behind the main line. These storms could also pose a threat for strong wind gusts or a tornado.
We’ve already had reports of damaging wind gusts causing tree damage in Cumberland and Louisa County. Power outages are a good bet in spots this morning into the afternoon.
Winds will stay gusty through Monday afternoon and evening, which could lead to power outages. A Wind Advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Monday.
Wind gusts could approach 50 mph which could lead to power outages.
One of the best ways to prepare is by downloading the NBC12 First Alert Weather App.
Any watches or warnings will be sent directly to your phone through the NBC12 weather app, so you can receive the alerts wherever you are in the palm of your hand.
Make sure those devices (cell phones, iPads, etc.) are charged before the storms arrive in case of power loss. If you have a generator, make sure to only use it outside a safe distance from your house to avoid the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.
Also know where you will go if a Tornado Warning is issued for your area. The best place is a basement or interior room on the lowest floor of your house.
The NBC12 First Alert weather team will be here with you every step of the way to keep you informed. Stay safe!
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