Severe Storms Uproot Trees, Knock Out Power

ABC 13's Lisa Fenderson sent us this damage pic from NE Roanoke.

Update: 5:55 p.m.:

Lynchburg, VA - A cluster of severe thunderstorms gathered in the New River Valley Wednesday afternoon, then quickly gained strength as they moved east into Roanoke and Lynchburg.

ABC 13 Viewers are reporting numerous trees and power lines down throughout the area.

In Roanoke, an official wind gust of 70 mph was measured as the storms blew through.

Winds of similar intensity hit Bedford County and surrounding areas, including Danville and Lynchburg as the storms blew east.

The rest of the evening looks relatively quiet, however a leftover shower or storm is possible tonight.

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We may repeat the stormy pattern again for Thursday. A cold front will likely ignite another strong line of storms by afternoon.

For the latest ABC 13 Forecast, head to the ABC 13 Weather Center.

-ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton


Update 4:26 p.m.:

Lynchburg, VA - Thunderstorms with damaging wind gusts have hit Lynchburg with damaging winds and very heavy rain.

A 71 mph wind gust was measured in Roanoke from the same storms.

There is a severe thunderstorm warning for areas in our viewing area.

We have received reports of downed trees in Roanoke.

If you live in Southside Virginia and locations east of Lynchburg, take cover now!

Details to come.


Roanoke, VA - Strong to severe storms with damaging winds and hail are moving over the mountains through Roanoke and east up the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The counties of Bedford, Franklin, Botetourt and Roanoke should all prepare for severe weather in the coming hour.

Updates to come.


Lynchburg, VA - The weather pattern will become more active into Thursday, possibly as early as Wednesday afternoon for parts of the ABC 13 viewing area.

Warm, humid air is already in place across the area, which helped generate mainly isolated storms across the region so far this week.

The jet stream, however, is becoming more active and allowing for more organized storms to form across the Ohio Valley to our north and west.

The pattern of storms will continue all week, however we could see more coverage of severe weather both Wednesday and Thursday.

Storms Wednesday will develop in two ways. Scattered "pop-up" storms are expected to develop over the New River Valley Wednesday and possibly track east. Clusters of storms may also move in from the NW, mainly along and north of 460 late Wednesday.

"Any storms that develop could become strong to severe, containing heavy downpours, frequent lightning, gusty winds and hail, said ABC 13 Meteorologist Matt Ferguson. "The heat peaks, as high temperatures hit the low to mid 90s."

A front will near the area from the west Thursday and continue the threat for severe weather. Rather than isolated to scattered storms, clusters of storms are more likely as a result.

For more on the forecast, head over to the ABC 13 Weather Center.

We will have updates on ABC 13, on-air and online as necessary.

-ABC 13 Meteorologist Jamey Singleton