Severe thunderstorm warning, flood watch in effect for region

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The National Weather Service in Sterling has issued a severe thunderstorm warning until 4:45 p.m. for a number of counties and cities in Western and Central Virginia.

The warning includes the counties of Albemarle, Nelson and Augusta, and the cities of Staunton and Waynesboro. Areas impacted could include Stuarts Draft, Sherando, Wintergreen, Afton, Fishersville, Lyndhurst, Nellysford, Hermitage, Batesville, Mint Spring and Afton Mountain.

A severe thunderstorm was located over Staunton at 4:05 p.m. moving southeast at 20 mph.

In addition to the severe thunderstorm warning, a flood watch is also in effect for the region through late tonight. The Weather Service warns that excessive rainfall is possible for portions of Virginia including the counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Nelson, Page, Rockingham, and Shenandoah.

For more information, visit forecast.weather.gov


Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.