Severe storms bring damaging winds, large hail to parts of the area

Cooler changes coming for the weekend

By Jonathan Kegges - Meteorologist

ROANOKE, Va. - Thunderstorms were more widespread Friday afternoon and it didn't take long for them to turn severe. Feeding off of the humidity and instability generated by the sun, these storms quickly produced very large hail and damaging winds.

One of the strongest storms moved through Rocky Mount, bringing down small trees. JD Abshire sent WSLS 10 this video as the storm barreled through.

Hailstones, up to the size of golf balls, fell just south of Bedford. The radar works by sending and receiving pulses. The larger the material inside of the storm the radar beam hits, the brighter the color on the radar picture will be and therefore the more intense the storm. The purple color represents where there was likely hail in the storm. Taking a vertical slice of the storm revealed it was about 50,000 feet tall as it moved through Bedford County!

The strongest storm of the day developed across Pittsylvania and Halifax counties. Winds were estimated to be around 70 mph as that storm pushed through Southside. Several trees were brought down and power was knocked out during the most intense part of the storm.
Tree damage and large hail were common across much of the area, with most of the damage occurring across Southside and Central Virginia.
The severe threat continues on Saturday before settling down on Sunday.

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