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Tornado warning for central Virginia until 7 p.m

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PETERSBURG – Unstable weather conditions will continue across the Tri-City area through Wednesday evening as a storm front passes, bringing with it the possibility of hail, strong winds and tornadoes.

The National Weather Service office in Wakefield had issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the Tri-Cities and immediate surrounding areas until 4:45 p.m. NWS said it recorded a severe storm in Dinwiddie County moving east at 55 mph and could push it right through the heart of the region.

This is in addition to a tornado warning issued by NWS for the area for central Virginia until 7 p.m. A “watch” differs from a “warning” in that conditions are favorable for the development of funnel clouds; However, they only become tornadoes when they touch the ground.

So far, NWS is reporting no tornadic activity here.

Any harsh weather we see should clear overnight. The NWS forecast for Thursday is sunny with highs around 60 degrees.

NWS Wakefield has forecast sunny and clear skies for Monday's solar eclipse. The expected high temperature will be around 70 degrees.

We won't experience a total solar eclipse, but we are expected to be in the 80 percent path. Conditions should be ideal for outdoor viewing parties. However, remember not to look directly at the eclipse unless you are wearing special protective glasses with a filter – and only then the observation should not take too long.

Stay tuned to progress-index.com for storm details as needed. Click here for updated NWS weather information.

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