Strong to Severe Storms Possible Overnight

April 19th, 2013 at 9:02 pm by under Weather

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for all of the counties highlighted in yellow until 3 AM. However, it looks like the severe threat is diminishing.

Severe T'Storm Watch

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

I captured this satellite/radar at 8:30 PM. So far, most of the region has been quiet this evening. That will soon change over the next hour or so. We are tracking a line of strong to severe thunderstorms ahead of a cold front that will continue to march east and move into Hampton Roads between now-11PM. There were tornado warnings issued for areas to the west, including some of our far westernmost counties. The only tornado report came from Mecklenburg County where several structures were damaged.

Satellite/Radar

Satellite/Radar

The main threat with this line of storms will be damaging wind gusts in excess of 60mph. Small hail and heavy rain will be possible with the stronger storms as well. The tornado threat is low and will continue to go down as we lose the heating of the day. This line is moving to the east around 45mph. The rain/storms will move into the Peninsula between 9:15-9:30 PM, the Southside between 9:30-10PM, N.E. North Carolina between 9:30-10:30PM. Rain has already moved into the Middle Peninsula and the Northern Neck. Rain and storms should push into the Eastern Shore between 9:30-10PM.

Here are some tips on what you should do if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued for your area.

Severe Storm Tips

Severe Storm Tips

Don and I will continue to provide updates on WAVY TV 10, wavy.com and on social media (Facebook & Twitter). We will be cutting into programming if necessary.

-Meteorologist Tiffany Savona

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