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LATE EVENING UPDATE: Expect a cooler, blustery night across Va. as storms depart and November arrives

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Preliminary storm reports from Thursday, as of 10:15 p.m. Yellow icons show where wind damage reports were relayed to the National Weather Service. Yellow boundaries show where severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect throughout the afternoon and evening, while red polygons depict tornado warnings.

An unusually balmy and stormy Halloween is giving way to a blustery and cooler start to November across Virginia.

A line of severe storms swept the state from west to east on Thursday afternoon and evening, bringing damaging winds and heavy rain to many areas – and possibly some tornado touchdowns.

The National Weather Service reported numerous instances of downed trees across the mountains and Piedmont region, though there were no tornado sightings or confirmed damage paths as of late Thursday evening.

At 10:15 p.m., Dominion Energy reported 5,169 customers without power in the Richmond and Tri-Cities region. Outages were more extensive in the Shenandoah Valley and in Northern Virginia, with approximately 36,000 Dominion customers in the dark across the state. Late Thursday evening, Appalachian Power reported about 20,000 customers without power in their service area across southwestern Virginia.

Several tornado warnings were issued between South Boston, Louisa and South Hill between 7 and 9 p.m. when radar detected threatening swirls within the storms. That activity weakened below severe levels right as it approached metro Richmond.

As of 10:30 p.m., the severe threat was waning for Richmond and the Interstate 95 corridor as those storms moved into Tidewater, though the cold front had yet to sweep in from the west.

Winds will shift and blow in from the west once the cold front passes overnight, allowing temperatures to tumble to the 50s and 40s. Gusts to 35 or 40 mph are possible even away from the departing storms. That might lead to a few more isolated instances of wind damage or downed trees through the early morning hours.

Showers will taper before daybreak, and Friday will be a mostly sunny and dry day for the Richmond area. After Halloween's near-record high of 82 degrees, November will kick off with a low in the 40s and an afternoon reading topping out only in the upper 50s on Friday.

Check back for updated storm reports on Friday.

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Check Richmond.com/weather for John Boyer's forecast updates. Contact him at JBoyer@timesdispatch.com.

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John Boyer is the first staff meteorologist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the RTD newsroom in November 2016. Boyer earned his degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

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John Boyer

John Boyer, the RTD's staff meteorologist

John Boyer is the first staff meteorologist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the RTD newsroom in November 2016 after covering severe weather on television in Tulsa, Okla.

As a native of the Roanoke area, the region’s heavy snowstorms started his fascination with Virginia’s changing weather.

Boyer earned his degree in meteorology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He is a member of the American Meteorological Society and earned their Certified Broadcast Meteorologist seal in 2012.

Look for his stories in the RTD and on Richmond.com, along with videos and forecast updates for major weather events in our area.

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Friday Weatherline

6% of Virginia still in moderate drought

This week’s map from the U.S. Drought Monitor continues to show a narrow zone of moderate drought between Richmond and South Hill. Only 6% of the state is affected, unchanged from the past two weeks. The outlook favors total drought removal over the winter.

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