Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Tornado Watch Expiring Early

After a squall line of severe thunderstorms raced through central Virginia early Tuesday morning, the tornadic threat is exiting with the storms to our east. This means the Tornado Watch that covered all of central Virginia overnight is expiring early from west to east. The Watch remains in effect for these red counties, though, while the squall line moves into the Eastern Shore.

This line of severe storms has a history of producing wind gusts in excess of 70 mph earlier this Tuesday morning, knocking over trees and producing hail up to quarter size (1" in diameter). There was also frequent lightning at times (which caused power outages in central Virginia this morning) and heavy downpours (which made driving in the storm difficult and dangerous). You can check out the latest severe weather reports from overnight by clicking here. Stay with CBS 6, we'll keep you ahead of the storm. --Meteorologist Carrie Rose--

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