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How one storm traveled from Ohio to Virginia Tuesday evening and dropped hail the whole way

A single thunderstorm traveled about 250 miles and triggered severe thunderstorm warnings across three states Tuesday evening.

Lightning and hail core of a storm moving along the Rockbridge-Augusta County line Tuesday evening (Sandy Berry)
Lightning and hail core of a storm moving along the Rockbridge-Augusta County line Tuesday evening (Sandy Berry) (WSLS)

CRAIGSVILLE, Va. – While many of us in southwest Virginia enjoyed a quiet evening on Tuesday, some in the Highlands heard thunder and saw lots of hail as a severe thunderstorm rolled through. Its visit to our region was the last in a long journey that started in southeast Ohio, continued through West Virginia and finally ended in central Virginia. It ultimately traveled about 250 miles in 8 hours!

Track of storm from SE Ohio to central Virginia
Track of storm from SE Ohio to central Virginia (WSLS)

The storm was producing lightning and dropping hail on the northern fringes of our viewing area from 8:30 to 11 p.m. It triggered severe thunderstorm warnings in Pocahontas, Highland, Bath, Rockbridge, Augusta and Nelson Counties.

Tuesday evening 10 p.m. radar
Tuesday evening 10 p.m. radar (WSLS)

There were 15 hail reports across West Virginia and Virginia, 5 of which came close to our viewing area. There was golf-ball sized hail reported when the storm was in West Virginia.

Tuesday evening storm reports
Tuesday evening storm reports (WSLS)

Viewer Dezy Morris sent us a photo of significant hail accumulation in Craigsville. There was so much you could practically plow it like it was snow!

Hail accumulations in Craigsville Tuesday evening (Dezy Morris)
Hail accumulations in Craigsville Tuesday evening (Dezy Morris) (WSLS)

If you captured any photos or videos of last night’s storm, we’d love to see them! You can send them to us via email, social media or the Pin It feature on the Your Local Weather Authority app.


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