Tornado, flash flood warnings issued on Southside

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A tornado watch has been issued in Virginia Beach until 7 p.m. on March 31. (Courtesy of Weather.com)
A tornado watch has been issued in Virginia Beach until 7 p.m. on March 31. (Courtesy of Weather.com)

A tornado warning has been issued for Virginia Beach until 7 p.m. on Friday.

Along with possible tornadoes, are flash floods that meteorologists say could hit Norfolk and Virginia Beach until 11:15 p.m.

A severe storm hit the area on Friday evening around 6:15 p.m., bringing with it the possibility of tornadoes and hail the size of golf balls, according to an AccuWeather warning.

The storm could also bring flying debris and destruction to mobile homes. AccuWeather also predicted that roofs, windows, cars and trees would likely be damaged.

Meteorologists suggest Southsiders protect themselves by staying inside sturdy buildings and avoiding windows. Those who are outside, in their cars or mobile homes should go to the nearest shelter.

The rest of Friday evening will likely bring scattered thunderstorms and winds of 10 to 15 mph. The skies should clear up around midnight.

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