A tornado watch was issued by the National Weather Service for Richmond County on Friday as rain poured down during the morning.
The watch was in effect from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m on Friday. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website, at 10:15 a.m., Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing damaging winds in excess of 60 miles per hour. This storm was located 12 miles northwest of Rockingham.
That same severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 11 a.m. for Richmond County on Friday.
Brandon Locklear with the National Weather Service desk in Raleigh said, “Conditions are favorable for tornadoes during a watch. The watch, however, should be over by 11:30 a.m., noon at the latest.”
“There will be a brief window of opportunity for tornadoes as this storm moves east.
Locklear said there was isolated wind damage across the surrounding area (Anson, Scotland and Stanley counties) but nothing out of Richmond County yet.
The website said winds were between 13 and 20 miles per hour and peaked at 22 miles per hour around 3 p.m. These were conditions that were ripe for the appearance of a tornado.
There were no reports, though, of any tornadoes touching down when the Daily Journal went to press.
“There’s been no wind damage and no trees reported down in Richmond County,” said Locklear. “We haven’t heard of anything going on in Richmond County.
When it comes to tornado watches and warnings, no news is good news.