UPDATE: Storms Bring High Wind, Hail, Heavy Rain

A power line hangs down to the ground in Huddleston, courtesy of Jennifer Leigh Jessee.

UPDATE: 6:51 p.m.

Lynchburg, VA - A cluster of storms that first formed in West Virginia made it over the mountains and into the ABC 13 Viewing Area Saturday afternoon, knocking out power to a few hundred AEP customers.

The hardest hit areas include sections of Franklin County, where trees were reported down between Ferrum and Rocky Mount.

Georg Kaufmann of Burnt Chimney said the winds topped 45 mph at his home Saturday afternoon.

Many ABC 13 viewers also reported hail with the strongest storms.

In Hardy, nearly 2.5" of rain fell in just over an hour, and 1-2" per hour rainfall rates were common in the heavier storms.

While Lynchburg City managed to avoid the worst weather, gusty winds and driving rain still cut a few outdoor weekend plans and sporting events short.

A few of the storms were particularly electrical in nature Saturday; one producing up to 400 cloud-to-ground lightning strikes in each cell in just 30 minutes over Smith Mountain Lake.

The storms developed ahead of a ripple, or dip in the jet stream, interacting with very warm and humid air.

Temperatures tanked from the upper 80s to the middle 60s in many areas after the storms blew through.

A cold front will near the area by Labor Day, keeping scattered storms in the forecast Sunday and Monday as well.

For a complete look at the forecast, head over to the ABC 13 Weather Center.


UPDATE: 5:42 p.m.

Danville, VA - A powerful line of storms continues moving ESE in the direction of Danville City and Chatham in Pittsylvania County. Campbell, Halifax, and Charlotte Counties are also in line to see strong storms.

These storms are producing an incredible amount of vivid, cloud-to-ground lightning with them.


Expect torrential downpours in some of the heavier storms, which could cause flash flooding of smaller creeks and streams as the storms pass through.

Rainfall amounts of 1-2" an hour are falling in the storms. Many are producing hail.

Damaging winds over 50-60 mph can't be ruled out in some of the storms as they continue their path through Southside Virginia.

If you are in the path of these storms, get into a sturdy shelter and stay away from windows as the storms pass.

The worst of the weather will move through by 7 p.m.

For more on the forecast, head over to the ABC 13 Weather Center for the latest forecast for the rest of the weekend.