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Severe weather threat is over for central Va.; report damage to help the NWS survey Friday's tornadoes

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The severe weather threat is over for central Virginia tonight.

Just before 8:45 p.m., the tornado watch and flash flood watch were lifted early for the metro area by the National Weather Service after the strong storms cleared to the east.

Expect to see some occasional showers overnight and through the weekend, but we're unlikely to deal with any more severe weather.

Numerous tornado warnings were posted across the Piedmont and southeastern Virginia during the late afternoon and early evening hours of Friday.

Tornado warnings

Composite of all tornado warnings issued across Virginia by the National Weather Service on Friday, April 19, 2019.

Doppler radar showed tornado debris signatures over several areas in southeastern Virginia, indicating likely touchdowns.

According to the National Weather Service in Wakefield, it could take several days to survey the damage areas and ascertain how many tornadoes touched down across our region, and how strong they were.

You can help the NWS out by reporting any serious storm impacts from your neighborhood, like trees down or structural damage.

Read more about the effects of the storms here, and look for more updates over the weekend.

Check Richmond.com/weather for John Boyer’s videos and updates. Contact him at JBoyer@timesdispatch.com.

Meteorologist

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.

Email him your story ideas and weather tips.

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