Tornado watch issued for the Piedmont; wind, hail, possible tornadoes a threat

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Numerous strong to severe thunderstorms are expected Sunday afternoon with damaging winds, large hail, heavy downpours and isolated tornadoes possible.

A tornado watch has been issued for the the entire FOX8 viewing area including Davie, Guilford, Yadkin, Randolph, Stokes, Alleghany, Davidson, Forsyth, Rockingham and Surry counties. The watch is in effect until 8 p.m. Sunday.

There was a report of a tree down in Mount Airy and a road closure in Patrick County, Va. following the storms on Sunday.

Our severe weather threat ramps up until 8 p.m. Sunday. Another waves of strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible from 10 p.m. to as late as 2 a.m. Sunday.

The main danger will be damaging wind gusts, but flooding will be possible along with an isolated tornado. Hail might even be found in the stronger storms.

Heavy downpours on saturated soil may lead to a risk of flooding, especially in areas that see repeated rounds of storms.

As the cold front leaves the Piedmont on Monday, look for a few leftover showers on Monday morning. Monday afternoon will be sunny and breezy.

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