Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Tornado Watch Expires Early
A Tornado Watch that was to be in effect until 10AM for much of central Virginia has been allowed to expire early as the severe threat diminishes. Conditions were favorable earlier this morning for severe thunderstorms, and we did have several warnings that tracked from Southwest Virginia into Mecklenburg and Lunenburg Counties between 3 and 4 a.m. Wind damage has been reported in Mecklenburg County along Route 58 and also 5 Miles North of Skipwith, VA. In that location, law enforcement observed twisted treetops and tree damage in a mile long path near the intersection of Skipwood Road and New Hope Road. Numerous trees and powerlines are down in that area. A tornado has not yet been confirmed. The setup for severe weather will continue this afternoon and overnight while ample moisture remains in the Mid-Atlantic ahead of a strong approaching cold front. While a large, intense low pressure system spins over the Great Lakes region, ample lift will be provided for storm development later today and tonight in our region. The cold front associated with this low pressure system is moving into the Commonwealth today, potentially triggering more storms. It looks like we'll have several rounds of thunderstorms, including our first from earlier this morning, another one late this afternoon, and a final round overnight into early Thursday morning. Threats include isolated tornadoes, damaging wind gusts to 70 mph, and large hail. Torrential downpours and frequent lightning can accompany these storms as well.