Severe Storms Move Across Hampton RoadsJune 19th, 2014 at 8:13 pm by Jeff Edmondson WAVY under Weather
What a night of strong storms for the Hampton Roads cities. Especially for the cities of Chesapeake and Virginia Beach which saw the strongest storms. Throughout the evening we were getting small hail reports (nickel sized and smaller) and also reports of damaging wind gusts near 60mph.
As the storms were moving over these areas, over 1,000 lightning strikes occurred within a 5 minute time span. The hail may have helped to create some of those lightning strikes. The one thing I observed is that the strongest wind gusts were not always ahead of the thunderstorms, this time the strongest gusts were within the storm itself! What was happening were wet microbursts. Think of it like this; when you have heavy rainfall, that rain drags down the surrounding air with it. As the rain and air begins to rush down towards the surface it hits the ground. Since the rain is heavy, it just collects on the ground, but the air will move outward and create those straight-line wind gusts.
Looking ahead for the rest of the evening, brief periods of heavy rain is still going to be possible. The strongest thunderstorms are now over though for the majority of our area.
A few thunderstorms will remain around 10pm for NE N.C. Otherwise we should be looking quieter tomorrow with a few scattered showers and highs near 82 degrees. Remember, if you have pictures send them in to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Meteorologist Jeff Edmondson