Tornado threat over; risk of strong winds and flooding overnight


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) –The threat of tornadoes has diminished across Central Virginia, but the area is still at risk for widespread flooding. 

Hurricane Michael dumped several inches of rain across the Commonwealth, and while the heavy rains have subsided, strong winds are still expected overnight. 

Virginia first began feeling the effects earlier this afternoon; check out the raw videos below of flash flooding in southern Virginia

RAW: Flash flooding in Salem

WATCH: Flash flooding in Simpsons, Virginia

The path of the storm crossed from near Danville to the Tri-Cities and departed through the lower end of the Northern Neck.

The National Weather Service later confirmed that a tornado touched down in southern Amelia County.

Just north in Prince Edward County, major flooding was reported at Longwood University in Farmville where video showed people wading through waist-deep floodwaters.

RAW: Major flooding at Longwood University


As the storm leaves us and a cold front pushes through overnight, we are going to have to deal with potentially strong winds.

Once Michael is to the east of the area, we will see the winds kick up out of the north and northwest and gust in many areas to around 40-45 mph. This will last into the overnight hours and then start to abate by daybreak.

Friday should turn out to be a rather nice day in the area.  Highs will be warming up in upper 60s to around 70 degrees. Sunshine will be back and the winds will diminish rather quickly in the morning. 

Friday night starts off with fair skies, but will turn partly cloudy overnight with lows falling all the way into upper 40s.

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