Thursday evening storm reports

Posted at 10:00 PM, Sep 27, 2012
and last updated 2012-09-27 23:35:43-04

Repeated thunderstorms raked northern & northwestern Virginia Thursday evening.  The storms became severe in Rockingham and Shenandoah counties around 3:15 p.m., and then moved into Page county.

Additional clusters of storms developed the rest of the evening, hitting Shenandoah & Page counties repeatedly.  Storms then spread across Greene, Madison and Orange counties before turning severe in Culpeper county around 9 p.m.  Additional storms rolled through parts of Madison, Culpeper & Stafford counties much of the evening.

The severe storms caused isolated strong wind gusts, but many areas reported large hail.  Hail the size of ping-pong balls occurred in Shenandoah county near Woodstock.  Hail ranging from 0.75″ to over 1.00″ inch occurred with the rest of the severe storms.

Since the storms hit the same areas multiple times, heavy rainfall was also another problem.  Rainfall estimates of over 2″ affected Page, Madison & Culpeper counties, while rainfall amounts exceeding 3″ occurred in Shenandoah & extreme northwest Rockingham counties.

On this map, areas in yellow are 2″ amounts, and areas in darker orange are 3″+