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Weather damage minor

Friday, May 24, 2013

A tornado warning was issued in Henry County on Thursday, but no funnel clouds struck the area, according to the National Weather Service in Blacksburg.

“It was hairy earlier” Thursday evening, said Mike Sporer, a meteorologist at the NWS office in Blacksburg.

That was around 5:30 p.m. when a tornado warning was issued for west central Henry County. However, it soon was downgraded to a severe thunderstorm warning with quarter-size hail possible.

A second wave of storms hit around 8:30 p.m.

“We have received all kinds of pictures of cloud formations” but no funnel clouds and no severe wind damage, Sporer said.

By 9 p.m. Thursday, he reported that the line of storms had moved through the area and weakened as it went. There were reports of minor flooding on roads, but that threat was expected to diminish as the storms left the area, he said.

Henry County Public Safety Director Rodney Howell said some minor flooding occurred on Blackberry Road and Morningside Drive next to the Patrick County line.

With the storms heading out of the area, a nice holiday weekend is forecast, Sporer said.

Skies are expected to be mostly sunny today through Sunday, with a slight chance of rain Monday. It also will be breezy today, with gusts up to 32 miles per hour.

Temperatures will be cooler, with highs between 71 and 74 through the weekend and lows from 41 to 51.


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