RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A tornado watch was in effect for Central and Southern Virginia, into northern North Carolina Friday last night.

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At 9:05 p.m. a tornado warning was issued for southern Nelson County, Southcentral Albemarle County, Mecklenburg County, and Southcentral Halifax County.

Rain on a railing in a parking lot off of Hull Street Road

The National Weather Service advised people in the affected areas to take shelter. Damage to roofs, windows, and vehicles was expected to occur. Tree damage was said to be likely. Quarter size hail was possible.

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Tree leaves with rain droplets, Hull Street Road, Chesterfield

The watch was in effect until 12 a.m. and covered all areas south of a line from Tappahannock to Staunton.

Several counties and cities in the area were included in severe thunderstorm warnings. James City County was under a coastal flood warning. Click here for a complete list of all severe weather alerts.

Cloudy Skies, Hull Street Road, Chesterfield

Supercell thunderstorms were expected to develop across the region this afternoon, with the greatest severe storm and tornado risk in the northern North Carolina and southern Virginia areas through early Friday evening.

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Rain landing in an apartment community pool, Hull Street Road, Chesterfield

Northern Virginia did not experience as severe of storms but did experience some heavy rain.