Be Alert for Severe Storms Today

Posted 1:32 p.m.

A strong cold front will move through our area later today (probably between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.). This front could cause damaging wind gusts in excess of 55 mph, locally heavy rainfall and an isolated tornado. Please stay informed as the storm may be heavier in some areas, including localized flooding.

tornado watch has been issued for the National Capital Region until 7 p.m. Know the differences between tornado watches and warnings.  

Six Actions to Take:

1.) Sign up for weather text/email alerts at and/or pay close attention to weather forecasts. 

2.) If roads flood, “turn around, don’t drown.” Do not drive through flooded roads. This storm may strike us during rush hour, so please slow down and allow extra time for travel.

 3.) Please keep children away from streams and creeks that may rise rapidly.

 4.) Bring in any outdoor furniture or other items that may not be secure.

 5.) In case you lose power, call your provider. Do not assume they know your power is out. For Dominion Virginia Power customers, call 1-866-366-4357, TTY 711. For NOVEC customers, call 1-888-335-0500, TTY 711.

 6.) If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1. If you are experiencing other public safety non-emergencies, please call 703-691-2131, TTY 703-204-2264.

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3 responses to “Be Alert for Severe Storms Today”

  1. Randy Allen says :

    I’ve done this

  2. Jim Elmore says :

    There is something wrong with your alert system. Your post was received at exactly the same time on my Verizon wireless cell phone and my Cox Internet Email, i.e. at 7:47 pm, September 18, 2012. Fortunately, I saw the alert on our local TV hours ago before the storm hit.

    Information in this email that would have been helpful was not. Instead, it’s just unwanted spam. The fact that information came 6 hours later (your post time 1:34 pm) by two different providers indicates to me that the problem resides with the alert system of Fairfax County.

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      Jim: Thanks for the message. We are checking with, which hosts this blog, to see if there are any delivery issues. I know many of us on staff are signed up for the blog by personal email using some of the same vendors you cited and we have not experienced issues like this. We will do our best within our control to diagnose this issue because it is very important that you receive timely information. If you’d like, please forward us the next few blog posts you receive by email to so we see the timestamp and if there’s still an issue. Thanks.