The National Weather Service in Blacksburg has issued a flash flood watch until midnight tonight and a tornado watch until 11 PM this evening for Martinsville, Henry County, and the surrounding region.
At 4:56 PM, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Stuart to Dillard, moving northeast at 55 mph with 60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees. Locations impacted include Martinsville, Mayodan, Madison, Stuart, and Danbury.
A tornado watch remains in effect for the warned area. Tornadoes can develop quickly from severe thunderstorms. Although a tornado is not immediately likely, if one is spotted act quickly and move to a place of safety inside a sturdy structure, such as a basement or small interior room.
Prepare immediately for large hail and damaging winds. For your safety, move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Stay away from windows.
A strong cold front will approach the area from the west this afternoon and pass across the region tonight. Deep moisture ahead of this boundary will lead to bands of showers and heavier thunderstorms this afternoon and early evening. The potential exists for 1 to 3 inches of rainfall with locally higher totals from the Blue Ridge foothills westward into southeast West Virginia.
Excessive rainfall may lead to flash flooding in urban areas such as Roanoke and Martinsville, and along creeks, streams and low lying areas.
You should monitor later forecasts and be prepared to take action should Flash Flood Warnings be issued.