On May 25, 2017, storms swept through the Mid-Atlantic states. The first round of storms came overnight and brought nearly an inch of rain to the D.C. Metro area. Minor flooding did occur as people made their way to school or work. Around 4:30 PM EST, the second round of storms hit the area. These storms carried hail and high winds. The picture above is from Catlett, Virginia from the second batch of storms. While no hail accompanied this part of the storm, hail was reported just north of where this photo was taken. This particular storm did become severe after it passed, but was later downgraded. Southwestern Virginia was not so lucky. The heavy rain has brought significant flooding to the Roanoke area and officials are advising people to not drive through a flooded street. A road in Grayson County, Virginia was washed away due to the heavy rains from May 24, 2017. Tornadoes were reported and confirmed in North Carolina from the May 24th storms as well. One tornado ripped a roof off of Courtney Elementary School in Yadkin County, North Carolina.
The threat is still not over, however, the Storm Prediction Center has indicated that central and southwestern Virginia as well as northern North Carolina stretching all the way into Texas are under a slight threat for severe thunderstorms on Saturday. The threat will be after noon and into the evening. With diurnal heating and mid-level shear, storms could potentially be accompanied by large hail, damaging winds and an isolated tornado. Saturday is still two days away, so the forecast can change for the better or worse.
Please, stay tuned for further updates on the severe threat here!
ⓒ 2017 Meteorologist Brandie Cantrell