BLACKSBURG, VA (629 PM EDT Sun Apr 14 2019) — The National Weather Service in BLACKSBURG has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Eastern Roanoke County in west central Virginia The City of Buena Vista in west central Virginia The City of Lexington in west central Virginia Rockbridge County in west central Virginia The southeastern City of Salem in west central Virginia The City of Roanoke in west central Virginia Central Bedford County in south central Virginia Eastern Botetourt County in west central Virginia Central Amherst County in central Virginia North central Franklin County in west central Virginia until 730 PM EDT At 629 PM EDT, a severe thunderstorm was located over Roanoke Mountain, moving northeast at 55 mph. HAZARD: 60 mph wind gusts. SOURCE: Radar indicated. Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees. Locations impacted include Roanoke Salem Vinton Lexington and Buena Vista. This includes The following Locations VMI and Roanoke Regional Airport. A Tornado Watch remains in effect for the warned area. Tornadoes can develop quickly from severe thunderstorms. Although a tornado is not immediately likely, if one is spotted, act quickly and move to a place of safety inside a sturdy structure such as a basement or small interior room. Prepare immediately for damaging winds, as well as deadly cloud to ground lightning. For your safety, move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Stay away from windows. When it is safe to do so, please send your reports of hail of any size, as well as reports of any wind damage, including downed trees or large limbs, to the National Weather Service by calling toll free at 1: 8 6 6: 2 1 5: 4 3 2 4. Reports and pictures can also be shared on the National Weather Service Blacksburg Facebook page and on Twitter.