Severe Storms Monday: Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte

By Anthony Sagliani, Meteorologist
July 9, 2012; 7:55 PM ET
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Twitter user @MADUSWX posted this photo of wind damage near Fredericksburg, Va.

A southward-sagging front is triggering not only drenching, but locally severe thunderstorms into Monday night.

Powerful, slow-moving thunderstorms are erupting again from Virginia southward to South Carolina, and reach as far westward as West Virginia.

Impressive thunderstorm ingredients have come together farther south where searing heat and humidity remain firmly entrenched. As a result, the thunderstorms have erupted south of the nation's capital this afternoon.

The most intense thunderstorms will cause damaging wind gusts in excess of 60 mph and hail bigger than the size of quarters.

As of 9:00 p.m. EDT Monday, the storms had already rocked North Carolina with over 2.91 inches of rain in Guilford County and wind gusts to 52 miles per hour. Within the county, there are multiple road closures and significant urban flooding.

Strong winds were also the cause of downed trees and power lines across North and South Carolina.

On Sunday, thunderstorms along this same front caused an extreme blast of wind resulting in large, uprooted trees, flattened cornfields and the collapse of a building near Fredericksburg, Va.

Cities caught in the crosshairs Monday evening include Richmond, Va., Raleigh, N.C., Charlottesville, Va., Greensboro, N.C., Virginia Beach, Va., and Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Anyone in these areas should keep a watchful eye to the sky if thunderstorms approach. Heed all severe weather watches and warnings and be prepared to take swift action.

If you'll be out on the lake or at the beach from the southern Delmarva to Myrtle Beach, you'll need to pay especially close attention to the weather, as the thunderstorms will also contain dangerous, vivid lightning in addition to extreme winds and hail.

Be sure to keep checking back with AccuWeather.com for the latest severe weather information and updates.

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