Monday’s Tornado WarningsJune 11th, 2013 at 10:17 am by Tiffany Savona WAVY under Weather
It has been a very active 24 hours across Hampton Roads. A Tornado Watch was issued early Monday afternoon. Storms did stay below severe limits most of the afternoon until around 6 PM. The National Weather Service issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning around 6:10 for the storm over northern Gates County near Sunbury, which was headed toward Corapeake. Here is the radar image when the severe thunderstorm warning went into effect.
This same storm quickly developed a hook echo, a feature that can indicate possible tornado development. This storm had strong rotation as it moved over Corapeake and the Great Dismal Swamp. The tornado warning continued as the storm moved into Chesapeake and Virginia Beach. The rotation weakened once this storm moved out of Chesapeake and into Virginia Beach. We received lots of storm photos of weird looking clouds. I did look through a number of the photos and I believe this is one of the only photos that shows a possible tornado since it looks like the funnel is in contact with the ground. But there is still some question to whether it touched down because the trees block the view. This picture was sent to us by Rebecca Greene in Gates County looking toward Corapeake.
Heavy rain became an issue as well since we saw several rounds of showers and storms throughout the day. Plus the ground has been saturated due to Andrea, so any extra rain would just run-off and cause problems. Check out these 24-hour rain totals.
Yesterday, Suffolk was the winner with just over 5 inches of rain. Places near Corapeake saw around 4 inches. Street flooding was reported across parts of Chesapeake. The Triple Decker Bridge in Chesapeake had to close due to flooding as well. Ironically, the heaviest rain fell across the areas that missed out on the rain last week from Andrea.
So for today….we started off with a few showers across the region.
Notice the clearing back towards Lynchburg. Drier air is working its way into the western half of the state. That is why the clouds are breaking up. That drier air is headed our way.
A wind shift line will move closer to us around midday. This boundary may spark off a few isolated showers and storms out ahead of it, but most of us should remain dry. Once this boundary passes us by this afternoon, winds will shift more out of the west, bringing in slightly drier air. Rain chances will be going away and the humidity will go down just a touch. Highs will be in the mid 80s this afternoon. Get ready to sizzle tomorrow with highs in the lower 90s!
Meteorologist Tiffany Savona