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A band of severe thunderstorms began impacting region 1 localities late this morning and continued through early afternoon resulting in heavy rain and windy conditions. Region 1 localities continue to be under an enhanced threat of severe weather for the remainder of the evening into overnight. Much of the region is currently under a tornado watch or warning. A flash flood watch remains in effect for all region 1 localities and a second band of severe thunderstorms are expected to begin impacting the region between 6-8 pm this evening. This second band of storms could produce tornadoes, hail, flash flooding, and winds in excess of 60 mph.
The Region 1 Office continues to monitor locality situation reports, open source media, and weather outlets in addition to communicating with NWS Wakefield as needed.
Main concerns for Region 1 localities include the potential for tornadoes or straight line wind damage, large hail, downed trees, flash flooding, and power outages.
State actions include:
Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM)
Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs)
Department of General Services (VDGS)