NWS: Tornado watch lifted for Peninsula area

A tornado watch for the Peninsula area and beyond has been lifted Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes in the area. Residents are urged to watch for weather alerts and be prepared to take shelter if a warning is issued.

A tornado warning means that a tornado is imminent or that a tornado has been spotted.

All other previous advisories issued for the area have expired.

Previously,

The Peninsula area is under both a tornado watch and a severe thunderstorm warning.

The National Weather Service issued the tornado watch until 1 p.m. for all areas west of the Chesapeake Bay. Conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form.

Two lines of thunderstorms have also been located in the Peninsula area. The storms are capable of producing winds up to 60 mph and nickel-size hail. 

Residents are advised to move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building. 

A tornado warning has been issued for the Southside Hampton Roads cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach. Anyone in these localities should seek shelter and go to the lower floor, away from windows, immediately.

Previously,

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 1 p.m. for all areas west of the Chesapeake Bay.

A tornado watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes in the area.

Residents are urged to watch the forecast closely and prepare to take cover if warnings are issued.

Meteorologists predict the area could get winds up to 60 mph. Downed trees, scattered power outages and property damage is possible.

Previously:

The greatest risk for severe weather in Southeast Virginia Thursday will be from 8 a.m. to noon, according to updated reports from the National Weather Service.

Strong to severe thunderstorms are expected. Widespread damaging winds, large hail and tornadoes are possible, a hazardous weather outlook states. 

The cold front will bring west to southwest winds 20 to 30 mph with gusts up to 40 mph. 

National Weather Service officials are urging residents on social media to keep an eye on the forecast and prepare for warnings.

"Be prepared to move to take cover and move to a safe location if warnings are issued later this morning," officials said on Facebook.

A severe weather watch means conditions are favorable for severe weather. A warning means that severe weather is imminent or has already been confirmed to be occurring.

Check back at dailypress.com for updates as more information becomes available.

Previously,

Thunderstorms are impending, says the National Weather Service, and officials are warning Hampton Roads residents to be prepared. 

Storms, widespread damaging wind, isolated tornado conditions and large hail are portending Thursday morning. The "most likely timeframe" is 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., says the National Weather Service. 

Storms, including large hail and strong wind between 25 and 35 mph, are predicted to continue into Thursday. 

Showers and thunderstorms are expected until about 9 p.m., and highs will reach 71 during the day. Lows will hit 46 degrees at night. 

Hampton Roads residents should prepare for a tornado by being aware of the community's warning system, finding a place for shelter and securing anything that could get picked up by wind, says Christy Carneal, spokeswoman for the American Red Cross Virginia Region.

Residents can prepare for a thunderstorm by unplugging electrical appliances, taking shelter and avoiding metal objects, Carneal said in a news release. People living in a neighborhood that could possibly flood should be prepared to evacuate, and stay away from floodwaters, the release stated. 

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