First Alert Weather Day: Tornado Watch until 9 p.m.
A chance of wind damage with any severe storms
RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - A Tornado Watch is in effect until 9 p.m. for all of central and southern Virginia for potential tornadoes and destructive straight-line wind gusts up to 70 to 80 mph.
After a sunny and HOT day, we’re focusing on the evening for severe potential. Showers and storms are expected to move west to east across central Virginia ahead of a cold front. Storms are expected to arrive in central Virginia after 5 p.m. Peak time for RVA is 6-8pm. The severe weather threat should come to an end by 9 p.m.
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A LEVEL 4 “MODERATE RISK” zone is in place for our NW Counties. This means “numerous severe storms are likely.” The last time Virginia was at this high of a category was 2019.
Wind damage including power outages and downed trees is our main threat. Large hail, heavy rain and frequent lightning are also possible. We recommend parking in a garage if you have one to reduce the potential for damage to your vehicle. Seek shelter inside a sturdy shelter when you hear thunder.
This squall line will move quickly eastward across the southern and central Appalachians. Widespread damaging winds are expected along the leading edge of the squall line.
An Enhanced level 3 out of 5 risk for severe storms includes all of central Virginia.
Our tornado threat is low but we can’t completely rule out the risk. Know where your safe place for shelter is located. If a tornado warning is issued, your safe place should be the lowest most interior room in your home away from windows. This is typically a hallway, closet, bathroom or the bottom of a stairwell.
If you have outdoor plans Monday afternoon and evening, consider moving those plans indoors.
Be sure to download the NBC12 First Alert Weather app for up-to-date information and to receive severe weather alerts.
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