UPDATE 11 PM: The storm area has split into two lines, the strongest and largest of which is moving southeast toward the New River Valley and Interstate 77 corridor areas around or before 12:30 a.m. A thinner, but locally intense, line of storms is swinging southeast out of Greenbrier County, W.Va., toward the Bath/Alleghany county area of Virginia, and perhaps later toward Roanoke/Botetourt/Rockbridge areas. The southern band is showing something of a “bow echo” look, so strong winds are quite possible through those areas. Some locally damaging winds are possible in the northern line, too. END UPDATE
As expected, a severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for western Virginia tonight, effective until 2 a.m. Monday, for the cluster of storms moving our way from Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. Vigilance is high for severe weather right now, for obvious reasons, and that is warranted, as storms overnight could produce strong winds, hail and heavy downpours. One thing you will notice from the radar presentation of the storms tonight is that it is not a solid wall of storms forming a bow shape like Friday night, but rather a series of storm cells and/or storm clusters loosely forming a line — a “quasi-linear convective system” or QLCS in fancy weather terminology. So as of early this evening we’re not talking about a derecho sequel, but rather a line of storms that is and will continue to produce pockets of damaging winds, rather than widespread damage. That still won’t be good news for an area raked so intensely by Friday’s high winds — the chance is there that some new power outages could be created, or some areas that have regained power could lose it again. Hopefully, it will just be some rumbles and downpours (rain is needed in many areas) with a few cooling gusts. I’ll track it through the evening and early morning — likely arriving 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. in the Roanoke/New River valleys. In addition to comments and blog updates as warranted on this entry, I’ll be posting more updates on Twitter, which even those of you not on Twitter can see in the display at the right margin of this blog.