HARRISONBURG — A severe wind advisory is in effect for the central Valley from noon today through 6 a.m. Thursday and a flood watch will take effect at 3 p.m. today and also run through 6 Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service.
A strong line of thunderstorms is headed east toward the Valley and could produce heavy downpours and wind gusts of up to 50 mph. Winds that powerful can knock down trees and unsecured structures so folks in the path of the storm are being advised by the weather service to take shelter until the heavy rain and winds have passed. Localized power outages are also possible due to the wind.
Sustained winds are forecast for between 30 to 34 mph — about the strength of winds from a small tropical storm. A wind advisory is issued when gusts of between 45 to 50 mph are expected.
A flash flood watch means conditions are favorable for large amounts of water to flood isolated areas in a very short period of time.
The Daily News-Record will update this story as details become available.