Strong storms expected Wednesday

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- UPDATED WEDNESDAY NOON: Be ready for stormy weather today as a line of strong storms will march eastward across the Heart of Virginia.

These storms are not expected to be as strong as the Derecho of 2012, but severe weather is expected locally. As of this morning our area has been upgraded to an "enhanced" area of severe weather. This means many Severe Thunderstorm Warnings are likely, and a few Tornado Warnings are possible.

The thunderstorms will form to our west then cross over the mountains, moving eastward into the Blacksburg, Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Danville areas respectively.

The storms are expected to enter the western counties (Blacksburg/Roanoke) of the ABC-13 viewing area during the early afternoon hours.

Straight-line wind damage is the main severe weather threat, and reports of up to golfball-size hail are also likely.

Widespread wind damage is NOT likely; however, if a tree/limb does fall, your western windows are most susceptible to damage.

The chance of a tornado is low, but it's not zero. So, a Tornado Warning or two cannot be ruled out.

The storm threat (UPDATED):


BLACKSBURG: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday
ROANOKE: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday
LYNCHBURG: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday
DANVILLE/SOUTHSIDE: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday

ABC-13 News will be tracking the storms, and we'll will have live updates on WSET.

We'll keep you prepared so you stay safe! George


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