A tornado warning that was issued for parts of Franklin and Bedford and Franklin Counties has expired.
At about 6:23 a.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Sontag, or 7 miles east of Rocky Mount, moving northeast at 35 mph.
The warning expired at 7 a.m.
The areas affected included:
- Smith Mountain Lake State Park
- Western Smith Mountain Lake
- Union Hall
- Northwest Smith Mountain Lake
If you live in areas affected by a tornado warning, take cover! NWS says to 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.
As a reminder, a tornado watch means that forecasted conditions favor tornado development, more urgent than that, is a tornado warning, which means that a tornado is happening or is expected soon.