The National Weather Service office in Blacksburg, Va., issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Watauga County, southwestern Wilkes County and southwestern Ashe County at 8:18 p.m. Friday, in effect until 9:15 p.m.

At 8:18 p.m., a severe thunderstorm was located near Elk Park (nine miles west of Beech Mountain) in Avery County, moving east at 35 mph.

Radar indicated hazardous wind with gusts 60 mph. Damage to roofs, siding and trees is expected. Torrential rainfall is occurring with this storm, and may lead to flash flooding. Hail is possible.

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