The News Desk is a collection of news, notes and breaking items affecting the Fredericksburg community.
Tornado watch lifted in parts of the Fredericksburg region
UPDATE: The flash flood watch has been lifted for Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Orange and Culpeper.
The flash flood watch continues in King George County.
UPDATE: Tornado watch canceled for Spotsylvania, Stafford, Fredericksburg.
King George County remains under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.
Southeastern Caroline County is under a tornado warning until 8:30 p.m..
UPDATE: National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, Fredericksburg, eastern Orange County and southeastern Culpeper County until 7:15 p.m.
A severe thunderstorm was detected 27 miles southwest of Fredericksburug and moving northeast at 35 mph. The storm is capable of producing winds in excess of 60 mph.
A tornado watch remains in effect for this area.
NWS warns people to move indoors and stay in a sturdy building away from windows.
UPDATED FORECAST: Powerful storms possible later today
The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for most of the Fredericksburg region through this evening.
Additional rainfall of one to three inches is predicted today, and with already-saturated ground that may lead to some localized flooding.
In Culpeper, where a Flash Flood Warning was issued overnight, officials issued the following updated release this morning:
“FLOOD WATERS RECEDE
“Flood waters have receded in the Town of Culpeper and all roads are passable at this time.
“An emergency shelter was opened by the American Red Cross at the Culpeper County Volunteer Rescue Squad for guests of the Sleepy Hollow Motel evacuated by emergency responders after high water forced them to leave their rooms early this morning.
“A section of the parking lot behind Tractor Supply Company remains submerged and pallets have been seen floating in the swift current.
“Yowell Meadow Park and Wine Street Memorial Park also remain underwater and blocked off.
“Public Works crews cleared the mud from James Madison Highway near Belle Ave. where a mudslide occurred during the morning.
“However, at this hour a single northbound lane of James Madison Highway near the Main Street bridge is blocked off. An electronic message board advises motorists of the right lane closure.
“Police and public works crews removed debris, wood and flotsam from several roadways to make roads passable.”