Thunderstorms, tornado possible in Central, Southern Virginia today

Severe weather is possible in Campbell County and surrounding areas later today, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

A hazardous weather outlook report issued by NOAA at 4:48 a.m. this morning identifies a slight risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening in Central and Southern Virginia, including Campbell, Pittsylvania, Halifax and Charlotte Counties. Damaging wind gusts are expected to be the main threat from any storms.

The report also identifies a smaller risk for an isolated tornado in the area. Clusters of thunderstorms are expected to move West to East across the state mainly between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m., with the most intense impacts anticipated east of Route 29. Widespread rain is also expected in the area on Thursday and Friday. Rains are expected to be heavy at times, particularly on Thursday night, and may cause flooding.

"Spotter activation will likely be needed," NOAA's hazardous weather outlook reads. "Reports should be submitted by calling 1-866-215-4324, social media, email at rnk.skywarn@noaa.gov or online at www.weather.gov/rnk."