Evening thunderstorms

The National Weather Service is calling for afternoon and evening thunderstorms on Thursday, July 11, 2019.

A hot and humid day will end with scattered thunderstorms and some of them could be severe.

The most severe storms will be north of Richmond, but our region will still be under the gun, the National Weather Service said in a morning alert. The threat is lower into northeastern North Carolina.

These storms could produce frequent lightning, gusty winds up to 60 mph and heavy rain — 1 to 3 inches in heavy downpours.

The weather service is predicting that the storms will arrive in Hampton Roads this evening and continue through the night.

Temperatures today will rise into the upper 80 and lower 90s throughout the region. Coupled with high humidity, it will feel more like the upper 90s. It will be even hotter on Friday.

Gulf Coast interests are keeping an eye on an area of strong storms that already are producing heavy rains around New Orleans. The National Hurricane Center is predicting that the system will soon become Tropical Storm Barry before reaching category one hurricane status ahead of landfall sometime late Saturday.

Lee Tolliver, 757-222-5844, lee.tolliver@pilotonline.com

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