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Southwest Virginia counties under Tornado Watches as storms move through

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UPDATE (8:04 p.m. EDT) The National Weather Service has issued a new Tornado Watch for much of Southwest Virginia through 2 a.m. Wednesday.

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(6:03 p.m.) Tornado Warning for areas of Bedford and Campbell County cancelled. No reports of tornados touching down in Virginia during any of the warnings issued by National Weather Service at this time.

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(5:58 p.m. EDT) The National Weather Service has updated the Tornado Warning near Lynchburg to remove the city from the affected area. The Tornado Warning in effect until 6 p.m. is now only affecting parts of Bedford and Campbell County.

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(5:36 p.m. EDT) The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Lynchburg and parts of surrounding areas until 6 p.m.

Other towns in the area affected by the warning include Timberlake and Forest.

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(3:47 p.m. EDT) The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for parts of Franklin County and Henry County.

The area under the warning includes the towns of Ferrum, Stanleytown and Bassett.

The warning is in effect until 4:15 p.m.

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(3:26 p.m. EDT) The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for Martinsville, Va., Collinsville, Va. and Horse Pasture, Va. 

The warning is in effect until 3:45 p.m.

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(2:48 p.m. EDT) - The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for parts of Patrick County and Henry County, including the towns of Spencer, Va. and Patrick Springs, Va.

The warning is in effect until 3:15 p.m.

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A Tornado Watch is active for areas mainly south and west of Lynchburg Tuesday afternoon until 7 p.m. This is as the remains of Fred pass by to our west. 

Around 1:10 Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service - Blacksburg issued a Tornado Watch for Carroll, Floyd, Franklin, Grayson, Henry, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Smyth and Wythe Counties, as well as the cities of Galax, Martinsville and Radford, effective until 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Grayson, Patrick, Smyth, Tazewell and Wythe Counties, including the cities of Wytheville, Floyd, Marion, Galax, Bland and Troutdale. The Watch also includes portions of North Carolina. The Flash Flood Watch is in effect through Wednesday.

RELATED: Torrential downpours increase flood risk for CVa. Wednesday; Flash Flood Watch in effect

Overall, the greater risk of thunderstorms that could produce tornadoes should hold to our south and west Tuesday, however, Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, that threat may lift north as Fred passes by.

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Between 3 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Wednesday, we will see torrential downpours, wind gusts as high as 40 mph, and the chance for an isolated tornado-- this chance is low but is not zero.

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Don't forget to know the difference between a watch and a warning.

Stick with ABC13 over the next 24 hours as we track Fred through our area -- and be sure to share your weather photos and videos with us, as we may share them with all of our viewers! 

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