RICHMOND, Va. -- A tornado watch is in effect until 9 p.m. for much of the CBS 6 viewing area, including the Richmond metro.
Isolated storms are possible by mid-afternoon, mainly well west of I-95.
Storms will increase by early evening.
There may be a strong line or clusters of storms through mid-evening.
Due to the muggy conditions, torrential downpours will occur. The highest severe threat will be from damaging wind gusts.
The entire state has a risk of severe weather. The metro has an enhanced risk (level 3 out of 5), with a moderate risk (level 4 of 5) northwest of Richmond.
The Storm Prediction Center has a 45% chance of damaging wind gusts in the dark red areas shown below. The gray-lined areas show where winds could exceed 70 mph:
Some storms may have large hail. A few isolated tornadoes are possible. The best chance of that will be in northern and northwestern Virginia.
Storms will end by late evening, with quieter weather for Tuesday.
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