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Southwest Virginia’s severe weather threat is over, but flood waters remain

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UPDATE, 8:00 A.M.

Flash Flood Warnings remain in effect in parts of the New River Valley, Roanoke Valley, Southside, and Lynchburg areas until around 10 a.m.

Peak Creek in Pulaski has reached 11 feet and significant flooding is occurring in the city.

Numerous roads are closed in Franklin, Bedford and Botetourt Counties as floodwaters continue to rise.

Trees and power lines are down across parts of Henry and Pittsylvania Counties from earlier severe thunderstorms, according to several reports.


UPDATE, 7:15 A.M.

The Severe Thunderstorm Warning for South Boston, Halifax, Riverdale and other areas has expired.

The Flash Flood Warning issued for Lynchburg, Martinsville, Forest and other areas remains in effect until 10 a.m.

The Flash Flood Warning issued for Madison Heights, Lexington, Buena Vista and other remains in effect until 10:15 a.m.

The Flash Flood Warning for Saltville, Chilhowie and other nearby areas continues until 10:30 a.m.


UPDATE, 6:30 A.M.

The Tornado Warning for northwestern Charlotte County and central Halifax County has expired.

There is a Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect for South Boston, Halifax, Riverdale and other areas until 7:15 a.m.

There is a Flash Flood Warning issued for Lynchburg, Martinsville, Forest and other areas until 10 a.m.

There is a Flash Flood Warning issued for Madison Heights, Lexington, Buena Vista and other areas until 10:15 a.m.

The Flash Flood Warning for Saltville, Chilhowie and other nearby areas continues until 10:30 a.m.


UPDATE, 6 A.M.

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Lynchburg, Martinsville, Forest and other nearby areas until 10 a.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Danville and other nearby areas until 6:30 a.m.

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Bedford, Rocky Mount, Cloverdale and other areas until 8:30 a.m.


UPDATE, 5:40 A.M.

Danville and other areas are now under a Tornado Warning until 6 a.m.

A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for Danville and other nearby areas until 6:30 a.m.

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Bedford, Rocky Mount, Cloverdale and other areas until 8:30 a.m.


UPDATE, 5:15 A.M.

A Tornado Warning has been issued for Southside until 5:30 a.m. according to the National Weather Service.

Eastern Henry County and western Pittsylvania County have been added to the Tornado Warning. Martinsville has been removed from the Tornado Warning area.


ORIGINAL STORY, 5 A.M.

A Tornado Warning has been issued for Southside until 5:30 a.m. according to the National Weather Service.

The Tornado Warning covers:

  • Northern Pittsylvania County
  • Martinsville
  • Central Henry County
  • Eastern Franklin County

If you are in these areas, the National Weather Service says to take cover now.

Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors, in a mobile home, or in a vehicle, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris.

Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles will occur. Tree damage is likely.