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Deadly Tornadoes Strike Richmond, Virginia Area Monday

17 Sep 2018, 3:15 pm

Tornadoes touched down in the Richmond, Virginia area on Monday afternoon, killing at least one person in a building collapse in Midlothian.

A Chesterfield County, Virginia Public Information Officer confirmed the fatality on Twitter.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported damage in the Richmond suburb of Chesterfield, and there were reports of tornado touchdowns in Midlothian, Bon Air and Tuckahoe as well. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

As of 5pm ET, there were at least seven reports of tornadoes in the Richmond area, mainly 10-15 miles west of the city’s center.

The tornadoes are part of the remnant circulation from what was Hurricane Florence, which is now a leftover area of low pressure. A combination of high wind shear (change in wind speed and direction with height) coupled with high instability helped fuel the tornadic storms on Monday, though the overall threat is expected to go down on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on these dangerous storms.

For WeahterNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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