Strong to severe thunderstorms are developing rapidly across central and eastern Virginia at this hour, as well as Southward into the Carolinas:
Large hail and damaging wind gusts will be the primary threats initially, with an isolated tornado possible. As the afternoon wears on, especially after 3-4pm EDT, the tornado threat will increase, as a band of stronger middle and upper level winds and energy moves into the region from the West.
Tornado Watches have been issued across much of the region, valid until 9pm EDT this evening:
The Tornado Watches include the Baltimore/Washington areas, as well as Richmond and Roanoke.
If you live across this region, please remain alert this afternoon and evening. Listen to NOAA Weather Radio, local media or another trusted source for the latest information and possible warnings.
Take a few moments now to identify and prepare your best sheltering option at home or work, that way you can move there quickly if threatening weather is observed or a warning is issued.
You can monitor the latest regional radar on the Radar Headquarters page of our sister site, WeatherGuidance.com. We also have the Baltimore / Washington area radar sector up live there and on the blog as well. We will likely add another sector as the afternoon progresses.
You can view the latest watch and warning information on the Severe Weather Homepage. This page is being updated with new content and formats being added daily, so please check back often...
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