Violent thunderstorm tears through Richmond


Radar image of thunderstorm at 3:07 p.m., just as it passed downtown Richmond (RadarScope)

The storm formed as a cold front pushed southeast through the region. Billowing 35-40 thousand feet into the atmosphere, the spinning storm prompted a tornado warning. It’s not yet clear if a tornado touched down.

As of 4:00 p.m., the storm was headed towards Williamsburg, where a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect.

Meteorologist Sean Sublette out of Lynchburg, Va. received this eyewitness report from Mike Goldberg in Short Pump:

was really bad by me and my neighbor’s siding is up in the trees...roofing torn off as well as 2 HUGE trees down (thankfully from what I can tell not on a house). Circulation came through so rain-wrapped, I wouldn’t know whether it was tornadic...but I ran for cover quickly.

Check out these dramatic videos of the storm blasting through The Diamond in Richmond, Va., home of the AA Richmond Squirrels:

Uploaded by Richmond Squirrels

The storm damaged the left field wall at the ballpark.

Some additional damage reports from the National Weather Service so far:

Out of Henrico co.

* LARGE TREES DOWN WITH PEOPLE TRAPPED IN HOMES IN BROAD MEADOWS SUBDIVISION. (3:10 p.m.)

* SEVERAL TREES SNAPPED IN HALF NEAR INTERSTATE 64 AND 295 ON THE WEST SIDE.

Out of New Kent

WIDESPREAD TREES DOWN FROM NEW KENT TO PROVIDENCE FORGE. TREES BLOCKING INTERSTATE 64.

Out of Louisa

1.75” hail (golf ball size)

Out of Hanover

TWISTED AND SNAPPED TREES IN PATH IN ROCKVILLE. METAL SHED ALSO DESTROYED.

Out of James City

STRUCTURE COLLAPSE WITH WOMAN TRAPPED INSIDE.

Link: Latest damage reports from Southeast, Va.

Here’s a collection of photos of the storm and storm damage posted to Twitter and Facebook. Allow a few seconds to load...

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.

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