Severe Thunderstorm Warning in Effect Until 5 PM, Flash Flood Watch in Effect Until Midnight Tonight

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The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Northwestern Rockingham County in north central North Carolina, the City of Martinsville in south-central Virginia, and Southeastern Henry County in south-central Virginia until 500 PM.

At 404 PM, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Horse Pasture to Ayersville, and are nearly stationary with 60 mph wind gusts. Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

Locations impacted include Eden, Martinsville, Wentworth, Mayodan, and Madison.

Prepare immediately for damaging winds, as well as deadly cloud to ground lightning. For your safety, move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Stay away from windows.

Torrential rainfall is occurring with these storms and may lead to flash flooding. Do not drive your vehicle through flooded roadways.

The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has expanded the Flash Flood Watch to include portions of central Virginia, south-central Virginia, southwest Virginia, and west-central Virginia, including the following areas, in central Virginia, Campbell. In south-central Virginia, Bedford, and Henry. In southwest Virginia, Carroll, Floyd, Grayson, Montgomery, and Patrick. In west-central Virginia, Botetourt, Franklin, and Roanoke until midnight tonight.

Slow moving showers and thunderstorms this afternoon and evening will be capable of producing intense rainfall rates that could lead to flash flooding. High rainfall rates may lead to rapid rises of water in low-lying and poor drainage areas as well as some small streams.

A Flash Flood Watch means that conditions may develop that lead to flash flooding. Flash flooding is a very dangerous situation. Do not attempt to go through flood waters.

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