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Damaging winds, tornadoes possible Friday

Posted at 2:11 PM, Apr 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 07:41:35-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A powerful storm system, responsible for widespread severe weather across the central and southern United States, will move into Virginia on Friday.

There will be clusters of occasional thunderstorms throughout the day.  Some of the first severe storms could occur by midday.

Storm chances will increase during the afternoon and evening.  Some of the strongest storms may occur with squall line moving through between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m.

The entire CBS 6 viewing area is under at least a slight risk of severe weather, but an enhanced risk of severe weather has been expanded northward to include much of the Richmond metro area and central Virginia.

Storms will produce heavy rainfall, and areas that see repeated storms could receive over two inches of rain.  The primary severe weather threat will be damaging wind gusts in excess of 58 mph.  Some of the storms will also produce large hail.  Due to the potential for some rotation in the atmosphere, isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

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The storm threat will end in Richmond by around midnight or 1 a.m., and in eastern Virginia by 3-4 a.m.

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