Severe Thunderstorm Watches are in effect until 7-8PM for much of Virginia, including the Richmond and Petersburg metro areas. The Watch in north-central Virginia into D.C. does not expire until 8PM, whereas the rest of central and southern Virginia's Watch expires at 7PM. Strong to severe thunderstorms are developing mid-day Friday in central North Carolina, and are tracking Northeast at 20-25 mph toward south-central Virginia. In anticipation of those storms crossing over into the Commonwealth, these watches were issued shortly after Noon:
Threats from these severe storms will primarily include damaging wind gusts in the 60-70 mph range, and also large hail up to the size of 1.5"-2.0" diameter hail. The severe storms in North Carolina have already produced hail large enough to break windows and dent vehicles! In addition to these threats, any of the thunderstorms this afternoon will also produce frequent lightning and heavy downpours. We'll be providing updates on air and online as needed. Stay with CBS6, we'll keep you ahead of the storm!