Tornado watch canceled for central Va.; severe storms left thousands in the Richmond area without power | Weather


Richmond is in the clear after an early-morning storm blew through and cut power to nearly 29,000 homes in the metro area.

Numerous trees went down in Midlothian and along Hull Street Road at 1:43 a.m., according to a report from Chesterfield’s 911 call center relayed by the National Weather Service in Wakefield.

There were also scattered reports of trees, limbs and power lines down between Louisa and Lunenburg, and also in the Fredericksburg vicinity.

The tornado watch was canceled early for Richmond once the main threat area shifted toward Tidewater.

At 3:10 a.m., the line of severe activity stretched from Franklin to Williamsburg to Heathsville, moving east toward the Chesapeake Bay.

Doppler radar-indicated rotation prompted several tornado warnings across the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

According to Dominion Energy’s outage website, the system-wide number of customers without power increased from 5,374 at 1:11 a.m. to 32,688 at 2:04 a.m. as the storms rumbled through with gusts approaching 60 mph.

The figure was up to 53,149 customers by 3:33 a.m., with nearly half coming from the Richmond metro area.

Richmond will see more rain move in from the west this morning, but the severe weather chances are over for the night.

A cold front will sweep the remaining showers out to the east just before daybreak.

Monday will be dry and cooler but noticeably breezy, with gusts from the west up to 30 mph.

Dry weather will prevail from Monday to Thursday, but Friday’s chance of rain could arrive with another severe weather threat.

Earlier on Sunday afternoon and evening, several tornado warnings were issued for areas along and just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Though there have been no sightings or confirmation of tornadoes in that region, some scattered wind damage was reported between Galax, Floyd and Martinsville, and also between Amherst and Waynesboro.

The National Weather Service received hundreds of reports of wind damage from the Gulf Coast to southern New York on Sunday and Sunday night.

On Saturday, the same system spawned tornadoes and damaging storms from eastern Texas to Alabama.

Look for updates to this story later this morning if new damage reports come in.

2019-04-15 06:50:00

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