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Possible Tornado Downed Trees in Virginia Amid Severe Storms

The National Weather Service could visit Fredericksburg Friday to determine if there was a tornado

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The National Weather Service could visit Fredericksburg Friday to determine if there was a tornado, a day after severe storms brought strong winds, lightning and sizable hail to some areas.

Tornado warnings were issued in parts of Maryland and Virginia Thursday evening during the storms; all tornado warnings have since expired.

Winds of about 80 mph; 1.8-inch hail, which is about the size of a lime, and significant lightning spurred the National Weather Service to issue a tornado warning just before 5:30 p.m. for parts of the city of Fredericksburg and Stafford and Spotsylvania counties in Virginia.

A traffic camera captured debris scattered across I-95 near Route 17 north of Fredericksburg. Traffic was at a standstill.

Trees and homes were damaged from Truslow Road to Enon Road near Jefferson Davis Highway in south Stafford County, officials said. Building inspectors were out checking on homes in several neighborhoods to ensure they are safe.

There are no reports of injuries, county officials said.

Another tornado warning was in effect earlier for parts of Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties in Maryland.

Severe thunderstorms also moved through parts of D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.

Tornado warnings were issued in parts of Maryland and Virginia Thursday evening as severe storms brought strong winds, lightning and hail the size of limes to some areas. Credit: @natashajasso
Chopper footage of the D.C. area skyline shows a heavy storm moving in. Tornado warnings were issued in parts of Maryland and Virginia Thursday evening as severe storms brought strong winds, lightning and hail the size of limes to some areas.

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A steady Northwest wind on Friday will blow the humidity away and bring back the sunshine amid highs in the mid- to upper 80s.

Highs over the weekend will stay in the low to mid-80s.

Saturday is shaping up to be the better half of the weekend with a cool start and a gorgeous afternoon.

Clouds and rain chances are set to return Sunday, but there will still be dry times to enjoy the day.

Stay with Storm Team4 for the latest forecast

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