Strong storms may dampen your Friday plans

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) –The danger of storms comes on a night when thousands of people are expected to be out and about in Richmond to attend scheduled events.  And the threat of thunderstorms will likely dampen the plans for a lot of people.

At 6:35 p.m. the Richmond Flying Squirrels baseball team is set to take the field.  Unfortunately that is the same time thunderstorms may intensify creating strong winds and hail, that can wreak havoc by shattering windows.  Weather experts say even attempting to seek shelter inside a vehicle is a bad idea.

According to the Flying Squirrels website if inclement weather delays a game with 4 1/2 or less innings complete, you can use your ticket as a rain check for any other home game based on availability, except for July 4 and the post-season.

Organizers with the annual Greek Festival said the event will go on despite the rain.  But the festival will close at the first sign of thunder, lightning and severe wind.  The festival will re-open after the severe weather passes, if time permits for the day.  Coordinators also add anyone at the festival can seek shelter inside the Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral, located there on the grounds.  We’re told the cathedral can hold at least 900 people.

And Friday Cheers, is live music set to take place on Brown’s Island this evening from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  According to Lisa Sims with Venture Richmond–the host of the event–it will go on rain or shine.  However the event will be cancelled in the event of lightning or extremely high winds.  No refunds will be issued, but Sims said if the event is cancelled later today or if anyone chooses not to come out to tonight they may use their ticket at any other Friday Cheers show in the 2012 season.

Weather experts advise to you stay inside this evening from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 

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