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Lynchburg area at risk of severe storms; derecho a possibility

Lynchburg area at risk of severe storms; derecho a possibility

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This National Weather Service graphic shows the risk possibility of severe weather in the region on Monday.

The Lynchburg area is on the southern edge of an area of the Mid-Atlantic at an "enhanced" risk of severe storms Monday, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center.

"Potential exists for a derecho with widespread damaging winds across parts of the Central Appalachians and Lower Mid-Atlantic States this afternoon into early evening," the NWS wrote Monday.

"A broad swath of scattered severe storms producing large hail and damaging wind is expected from the southern Great Plains across the Lower Missouri Valley and Midwest late afternoon and evening," the weather service wrote.

The area of "enhanced" risk has a southern edge that cuts through Amherst County. In southern Amherst County, Lynchburg and other counties around Lynchburg, the National Weather Service warns of a less severe "slight" risk of storms.

An "enhanced" risk means numerous severe storms with damaging hail could result, and a tornado or two is possible.

It is a less severe risk than "moderate" or "high" on the Storm Prediction Center's scale.

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