Tornado watch expires

Published 4:23 pm Friday, March 31, 2017

UPDATED 10:13 p.m.: The tornado warning has expired at 10 p.m. A flash flood warning remains in effect through 11:15 p.m.

UPDATED 6:39 p.m.: A tornado warning and severe thunderstorm warning are now in effect for the southeastern city of Suffolk until 7:15 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located about seven miles south of downtown Suffolk, moving east at 50 miles per hour.

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Radar indicated rotation, according to the National Weather Service.

A flash flood warning is also in effect.

UPDATED 6:11 p.m.: The severe thunderstorm warning and a tornado warning have expired. More severe weather could be on the way, however. Suffolk remains under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.

UPDATED 5:23 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Suffolk until 6 p.m.

At 5:05 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located over Carrsville and was moving east at 35 miles per hour. Hazards include 70 mph winds and ping-pong ball size hail. The storm will be around Windsor at 5:15 p.m., downtown Suffolk at 5:30 and Driver at 5:40.

Remain alert for a possible tornado. Tornadoes can develop quickly from severe thunderstorms. If a tornado warning is issued, go at once into the basement or small central room in a sturdy structure. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

Earlier: A tornado watch is in effect for Suffolk and surrounding areas until 10 p.m. Friday.

There is a slight risk for severe thunderstorms this evening, according to the National Weather Service. Scattered, severe thunderstorms are possible, with the main threats being damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes to develop. If a tornado warning is issued, that means a tornado has been spotted in the sky or on radar. If a tornado warning is issued, move to an interior room on the ground floor of your home or office.