Tornado Watch in effect

Published 3:12 pm Thursday, July 8, 2021

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The National Weather Service’s Wakefield office has issued a tornado watch in effect for Suffolk, Hampton Roads and all of Western Tidewater through 11 p.m. as Tropical Storm Elsa makes its way northeast.

A few tornadoes will be possible late this afternoon into this evening across northeast North Carolina and southeast and eastern Virginia.

The National Weather Service says “a few tornadoes are expected” across the region, which could make the execution of emergency plans more difficult. If a tornado warning is issued, shelter quickly away from windows if possible, and in an interior room not prone to flooding. If driving, it says to scan the roadside for quick shelter options. Those in locations vulnerable to high wind — such as near large trees, a manufactured home, upper floors of a high-rise building or on a boat — should consider moving to safer shelter before strong winds or flooding begins.