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Tornado Watch Issued for Hampton Roads Area - 1:48 p.m.

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The government agency, the National Weather Service, issued a tornado watch for the Hampton Roads, VA area, effective 1:48 p.m. on July 8, 2021, and set it to end at 11:00 p.m.

These are the exact areas affected: Accomack; Caroline; Charles City; Chesterfield; City of Chesapeake; City of Colonial Heights; City of Emporia; City of Franklin; City of Hampton; City of Hopewell; City of Newport News; City of Norfolk; City of Petersburg; City of Poquoson; City of Portsmouth; City of Richmond; City of Suffolk; City of Virginia Beach; City of Williamsburg; Dinwiddie; Essex; Gloucester; Greensville; Hanover; Henrico; Isle of Wight; James City; King William; King and Queen; Lancaster; Mathews; Middlesex; New Kent; Northampton; Northumberland; Prince George; Richmond; Southampton; Surry; Sussex; Westmoreland; York

This warning comes on the heels of tropical storm Elsa which has already brought rainfall and winds to our area earlier this afternoon. The Hampton Roads area is still under a tropical storm warning and has experienced light to moderate rainfall already.

At 10:02 a.m., the Virginia State Parks Facebook page posted: "The following parks are under Tropical Storm Warning and are closed: First Landing, False Cape, Kiptopeke, Belle Isle, Machicomoco, and Westmoreland state parks. Please check the parks' websites for updates on reopening." Some Virginia State parks made the decision to close in anticipation of the storm.

Given the downpour in the region and unpredictable weather, there's no set schedule for the parks' reopening, and each will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Residents are encouraged to stay safe and take precautionary efforts as necessary.

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