Posted at 10 a.m.
It’s been a nice week weather-wise in Fairfax County. Temperatures have been warm, but hey — it’s August.
Summer wants to remind us that it’s still here and temperatures today will rise to near 90°F (Fahrenheit). Tomorrow it will be mostly sunny with a high near 94° — but the combination of heat and humidity may push heat indices to between 100° and 105° degrees Friday afternoon and early evening.
During extremely hot days, there is plenty you can do to stay cool; resting for just two hours in air conditioning can significantly reduce heat-related illnesses. Take in a movie, stroll through a shopping center or visit one of the Fairfax County Cooling Centers.
Also, please remember — Never leave a pet or child in a parked car.
Posted at 8:40 a.m.
Sprint cellular service in the region has now returned to a normal status after overnight repairs.
If you continue to receive a busy signal when you call 9-1-1, you should attempt to text to 9-1-1, use a landline phone or use a cellphone covered by another provider.
Posted at 8:30 p.m.
Sprint cellular service in the region is still affected due to a transformer fire in a Sprint facility.
If you receive a busy signal when you call 9-1-1, you should attempt to text to 9-1-1, use a landline phone or use a cellphone covered by another provider.
Full cellular service for Sprint customers may return by tomorrow evening, Aug. 17.
Sprint cellular service is affected throughout the area. If you receive a busy signal when you call 9-1-1, you should attempt to text to 9-1-1, use a landline phone or use a cellphone covered by another provider.
Forecasters Now Expect 70 Percent Chance of 12-17 Named Storms
Posted at 9:30 a.m.
In its updated 2016 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook — released last week — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) calls for a higher likelihood of a near-normal or above-normal season, and decreases the chance of a below-normal season to only 15 percent, from the initial outlook issued in May. The season is expected to be the most active since 2012.
Forecasters now expect a 70 percent chance of 12-17 named storms of which 5-8 are expected to become hurricanes, including 2-4 major hurricanes. The initial outlook called for 10-16 named storms, 4-8 hurricanes and 1-4 major hurricanes.
The seasonal averages are 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major hurricanes.