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National Weather Service warns of severe thunderstorms Tuesday night

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Greater Williamsburg Tuesday. (WYDaily/ file photo)
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Greater Williamsburg Tuesday. (WYDaily/ file photo)

Powerful thunderstorms may be moving through the area Tuesday evening.

The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for southeastern Virginia, including Greater Williamsburg.

NWS Wakefield meteorologist Alec Butner said the storms could move into the Historic Triangle between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m., adding they will likely wind down between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.

He added Greater Williamsburg may be spared the worst of the system’s storms because the area is on the eastern edge of the thunderstorm watch.

“It might be a stronger storm or two, but by the time it gets there we’ll lose the sunlight and the storms won’t be as strong,” Butner said.

He said the biggest threat will likely be isolated wind gusts, which may be strong enough to knock branches off of trees.

The NWS has also said there is a risk of strong storms again Wednesday afternoon.

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