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Thursday storm outlook

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The National Weather Service extended the Flash Flood Watch for the Fredericksburg region through Thursday evening in anticipation of an additional three inches of rain throughout the day.

In a release the NWS said that thunderstorms are likely to move across the area, creating heavy downpours. The ground is already saturated from rain during the past week and the weather service warned that only an inch of rain could cause flash flooding in streams and low-lying areas.

The Rappahannock River is currently at 4.2 feet at the City Docks. Flood stage is 13 feet.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until 11 a.m., however no damage has been reported locally from storms overnight.

This afternoon there is a chance for what the NWS calls a “severe weather event” that may produce damaging winds, hail and tornadoes.

The NWS has issued a small craft advisory for the tidal Potomac and the Chesapeake Bay.