Reports: Thousands without power as severe thunderstorms slam Southeast US

By Chaffin Mitchell, AccuWeather staff writer
April 16, 2018, 1:59:11 AM EDT

As of 2:00 a.m. EDT Monday, this story is no longer being updated.

The storm that brought destructive thunderstorms to the south-central United States on Friday and the Deep South on Saturday targeted the Southeast on Sunday and will continue to will take aim at the Carolinas and Virginia through Sunday night.

One thunderstorm produced a 74-mph wind gust at Columbia Metro Airport in South Carolina.

A storm survey from the National Weather Service in Columbia, South Carolina, confirmed a tornado touchdown from Lexington to Irmo.

Another storm and a possible tornado caused extensive damage on the east side of Greensboro, North Carolina, and was responsible for one confirmed death.

Cities still at risk for the disruptive weather conditions into early Monday morning include Richmond, Norfolk and Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Rocky Mount, Greenville and Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

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1:40 a.m. EDT Monday:

The threat for damaging wind gusts and tornadoes in eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia has diminished significantly, and all tornado watches that had previously been in effect have been cancelled.

However, thunderstorms will still pose a flood threat as they move northward into eastern Pennsylvania through Monday morning, with rainfall rates in excess of an inch per hour in the heaviest downpours.

12:35 a.m. EDT Monday:

Six people have been hospitalized in Elon, Virginia, following violent thunderstorms that destroyed dozens of homes on Sunday evening.

11:50 p.m. EDT Sunday:

A state of emergency has been declared in Lynchburg, Virginia, after a reported tornado swept through the region around 7:30 p.m. EDT Sunday.

11:33 p.m. EDT Sunday:

The storm system responsible for spawning a third straight day of severe weather in the southern United States caused at least nine confirmed tornadoes in Arkansas spanning Apr. 13 and 14.

11:20 p.m. EDT Sunday:

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Goochland and Powhatan, Virginia, until 11:45 p.m. EDT Sunday. The primary threat from these storms will be damaging wind gusts and small hail as they slowly move eastward toward Richmond.

Another line of storms is threatening to bring violent wind gusts and penny-sized hail to Rocky Mount and Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina, through 12:15 a.m. EDT Monday.

9:00 p.m. EDT Sunday:

There are many reports of damage and one confirmed death from a possible tornado that touched down near Gate City Blvd and Hwy 29 and the Florida Street area in Greensboro, N.C.

8:50 p.m. EDT Sunday:

Extreme damage reported in Lynchburg, Va. after severe weather tore through the area around 7:30 p.m. EDT.

8:15 p.m. EDT Sunday:

Approximately 138,000 customers are without power in the Carolinas and Virginia.

Five injured people were taken to the hospital after after a tree fell on a house in Reidsville, N.C. The injuries are non-life threatening. There are many reports of damage in Reidsville, N.C. such as downed trees and damaged houses.

7:54 p.m. EDT Sunday:

A possible tornado caused significant damage in Lynchburg, Va. The picture below shows a Med Express on Timberlake Rd. in Lynchburg, Va.

7:10 p.m. EDT Sunday:

There is a Tornado Warning for Lynchburg Va., Timberlake Va., Madison Heights Va. until 7:45 p.m. EDT.

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6:45 p.m. EDT Sunday:

ElectriCities said major outages in Huntersville, N.C. are currently being restored with lots of work to do along HWY 115.

5:15 p.m. EDT Sunday:

A National Weather Service (NWS) spotter reported a tornado on the ground at Gate City Blvd. and US 29, Greensboro, N.C.

The report adds that numerous trees and power lines are down along with debris near I-40 and US 421. There is significant damage to at least one home and more trees down at Queens Beth Drive in Greensboro, N.C. Downed power lines and damaged homes were reported at Nealtown Road and October Lane, Greensboro, N.C.

5:10 p.m. EDT Sunday:

There is a Tornado Warning for Greensboro N.C., McLeansville N.C., Sedalia N.C. until 5:30 PM EDT until 5:30 p.m. EDT.

4:20 p.m. EDT Sunday:

Downed trees have been reported in Huntersville, N.C., as well as power outages.

3:30 p.m. EDT Sunday:

There are reports of trees down and the power outages near the Columbia Metropolitan Airport in in Lexington County, South Carolina.

2:45 p.m. EDT Sunday:

A line of severe thunderstorms is approaching Charlotte, N.C. A Tornado warning for portions of Charlotte, N.C., and surrounding areas.

In case of a tornado, never seek shelter under a bridge or overpass, as both debris and winds can get channeled beneath these structures.

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2:30 p.m. EDT Sunday:

Thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is tracking toward St. Petersburg, Fla.

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Motorists traveling on Interstate 95 between Richmond and Miami will want to exercise caution in blinding downpours and high winds, since the risk for hydroplaning increases under these conditions.

1:30 p.m. EDT Sunday:

A thunderstorm produced a 74-mph wind gust at Columbia Metro Airport in South Carolina.

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