Storm Aftermath: What You Need to Know
Posted 1:16 a.m.
A major line of storms roared through our area this evening causing many issues, including two confirmed fatalities and more than 100 homes damaged by fallen trees.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Please only call 9-1-1 if you have an emergency; do not call 9-1-1 to report power outages.
- Approximately 20,000 Fairfax County residents are without power. If you have lost power or know people who have, please report the outage:
- Stay away from downed wires as they may be live with electricity.
- It’s going to be very hot again Saturday as heat index values will be close to 104. Power may not be restored to all residents immediately. Please start making plans to seek shelter during the heat with friends, family or neighbors, as well as at public buildings such as libraries, movie theathers, shopping malls and other community facilities. Please check in on vulnerable neighbors who may need assistance without power. Drink plenty of fluids.
- Don’t use candles during outages; stick with battery power. If you must use a candle, never leave it unattended or while asleep.
- Several roadways are closed in Fairfax County with many more covered in debris (mainly tree limbs).
- Here’s who to call to have trees removed if on public property.
- If power remains out and affects traffic lights, please obey these traffic rules.