Repeat of violent weather possible tonight

Another strong thunderstorm complex moving in from the midwest could bring a repeat tonight of the violent overnight storms that battered the region.

“There is the potential for more severe weather heading into this evening and then tonight,” said John McGee of the National Weather Service office in Wakefield.

The storms would move in the same as they did Friday, he said — from northwest Ohio and Indiana toward the eastern seaboard. The Richmond region could see storms as early as 7 or 8 p.m., or 10 p.m. or later, he said.

However, McGee said this morning, it was too early to predict how widespread the storms and their possible damage could be.

McGee said the overnight storms brought wind gusts mainly between 60 and 70 mph across a broad area. Dominion Virginia Power reported winds of up to 80 mph.

Such winds could cause conditions similar to that brought by a strong tropical storm or lower-power hurricane, McGee said.

“Obviously the duration is not as long as what you would expect with a land-falling hurricane,” McGee said. In most areas, he said, the storms roared through in between 30 minutes and an hour.

(This has been a breaking news update. Check back for more details as they become available.)

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