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Severe storms tear through Central Virginia

Severe storms tear through Central Virginia
Posted at 9:35 AM, May 22, 2014
and last updated 2014-05-22 20:03:49-04

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Severe storms ripped through parts of Central Virginia Thursday afternoon prompting tornado warnings and leaving damage behind.

Jeff Davis and Reymet Road  by Evie Rose

Jeff Davis and Reymet Road by Evie Rose

The storm storms popped up as a cold front moved southeast through the Commonwealth.

Damaging winds and large hail, as well as heavy rain and frequent lightning pounded parts of the state. [RELATED: Photos of May 22 storms]

The heavy rains brought the afternoon rush to standstill as parts of I-95 flooded. Another video taken by a CBS 6 viewer showed flooding off Grace Street.

According to the National Weather Service, a trained spotter saw a funnel cloud around 4:56 p.m. and reported nickel-sized hail near Boulevard and Broad.

One woman also recounted a harrowing tale to CBS 6 reporter Melissa Hipolit. She pulled into a gas station when she received a tornado warning. As the winds and rain picked up, she then said she heard a loud boom. That’s when she said part of the gas station’s canopy fell on the back of her car.

SCROLL DOWN for updates from the CBS 6 newsroom. 

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