Wednesday storm

Severe storm approaching downtown Richmond on Wednesday afternoon, June 5, 2019.

5:40 p.m. update:

Thunderstorms are now moving east into the Tidewater region, leaving cooler and somewhat drier weather for Richmond this evening.

A stray shower or storm can't be ruled out tonight, but the atmosphere is now less volatile than it was before the storm that came through around 4:20 p.m.

Scattered showers and storms are in the forecast each day from Thursday into the weekend, but the threat of organized severe weather looks lower. Each day won't bring nonstop rain, but it's a good idea to be ready for more downpours.

4:50 p.m. update:

The severe thunderstorm warning for the Richmond area expired at 4:45 p.m. The worst of the storm is now moving east and northeast toward the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

Trees were blown down near Old Washington Highway in Glen Allen, according to a 911 call center report relayed by the National Weather Service.

At 4:45 p.m., Dominion Energy reported 1,507 customers without power in the Richmond metro and Tri-Cities area.

At 4:50 p.m., the storms were lined up roughly along the Interstate 95 corridor from Caroline County to the North Carolina border.

Another portion of the line near Dinwiddie, Petersburg, Prince George and Sussex could have some 60 mph gusts.

4:05 p.m. update:

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect until 4:45 p.m. for much of metro Richmond.

A storm over Short Pump and Amelia is moving east at 30 mph toward Richmond and Ashland. It could bring 60 mph gusts and quarter-sized hail.

2:55 p.m. update:

Be on the lookout for strong storms across central Virginia throughout the afternoon and evening.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 10 p.m. for all of central Virginia, including Richmond, the Tri-Cities, Farmville, Fredericksburg, Tappahannock, Williamsburg, Emporia and South Hill.

While a severe storm isn't guaranteed for every particular spot, it's probable that some parts of our region will encounter damaging winds or hail over the next several hours. Most will see a downpour at the very least.

According to the Storm Prediction Center, the strongest of today's storms could bring 70 mph gusts and golf ball-sized hail.

While an isolated tornado can't be ruled out, the atmosphere isn't especially favorable for a big tornado risk in Virginia today.

If you have outdoor plans, be ready to duck inside if you hear thunder or see that a severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for your area.

Heavy rain could also be a factor for the afternoon commute, and you're likely to encounter some downpours if you're taking Interstate 95 either to Washington or to North Carolina.

Generally, storms will be moving from west to east today. The storm threat will wane late in the evening and overnight.

Thundershowers are possible again on Thursday and Friday, but the risk of organized severe weather appears lower after today.

Look for updates to this story later today.

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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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