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Tornado Watch ends, severe threat is over

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Posted at 2:15 PM, Apr 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-19 21:25:42-04

Friday 9 pm update — the severe threat has ended.  There will still be some showers and isolated storms possible overnight.

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RICHMOND, Va. —  A tornado watch is in effect for all areas until midnight.

A cold front will trigger showers and storms through late Friday evening.

Storms will be strong to severe with heavy downpours.  The primary severe threat will be damaging winds, possibly over 70 mph.  Large hail will occur in some storms.  Due to some atmospheric shear, isolated tornadoes will be possible.

The highest threat for the strongest storms will be from about:

  • 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. across western Virginia
  • 5 p.m to midnight across the metro and central Virginia
  • 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. in eastern Virginia

Multiple rounds of showers and storms could produce over three inches of rainfall, and a flood watch is in effect.

Leftover showers will exit eastern Virginia around daybreak Saturday.

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