Storms Clobbering Virginia, North Carolina

May 1, 2012; 2:25 PM ET
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This could be the scene as storms approach/depart this evening along a portion of the Atlantic Seaboard. (Flickr image by soulchild45)

A zone of locally severe thunderstorms was sagging across Virginia and North Carolina late today.

The storms are bringing the risk of large hail, damaging wind gusts and flash flooding to a few communities along the way.

The storms have had a history of producing penny- to golf ball-sized hail in some areas Tuesday afternoon.

A boundary between warm, humid air to the south and east and a brief push of cooler air to the north and west had formed this afternoon. The boundary was being enhanced by heating of the day.

Areas from Richmond and Norfolk, Va., to Charlotte and Raleigh, N.C., are at risk for being hit by the storms as they attempt to organize into a solid line and slice to the south and east before diminishing later this evening.

The storms are forecast to generally stay north of hard-hit drought areas in South Carolina, Georgia and northern Florida.

People in this area should be on the lookout for rapidly changing weather conditions and seek shelter from the outdoors as storms approach.

Additional areas of thunderstorms, including the potential for a few tornadoes were affecting the Ohio Valley and part of the Upper Midwest tonight.


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