Be Alert for Tornadoes and Floods

Posted 4:39 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for our area until 10 p.m. and a flash flood warning until 9 p.m. You need to be alert for both threats this evening.

The worst of the potential weather may hit during rush hour between 6 and 8 p.m.

Important Driving Tip:

  • If driving and it’s raining, turn on your headlights so other drivers, pedestrians and bikers can see you. Slow down while driving, too.

Tornado Safety Tips:

  • A watch means conditions are possible for tornadoes to develop.
  • A warning means a tornado has been sighted; seek shelter immediately.
  • Pay attention to our text/email alert system, media outlets and credible social media channels for any warnings.
  • Determine in advance where you will take cover in case of a tornado warning.
    • Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection.
    • If underground shelter is not available, go into a windowless interior room, closet or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
    • If you are in a high-rise building, you may not have enough time to go to the lowest floor.  Pick a place in a hallway in the center of the building.
    • A vehicle does not provide good protection.  A culvert or ditch can provide shelter if a substantial building is not nearby.  Lie down flat and cover your head with your hands.  Do not get under an overpass or bridge.  You are safer in a low, flat location.
  • More tornado safety tips.

Flood Safety Tips:

  • “Turn around, don’t drown.” Never drive through a flooded roadway as the depth and water current are unknowns and could be dangerous.
  • Keep children inside and away from streams and creeks. The county has experienced loss of life in previous years because of rapidly rising water.
  • More flood safety tips.

For Residents in Belle View/New Alexandria and Huntington Areas:

  • Based on the latest forecast, if we receive two inches of rainfall within a one hour period the Huntington area could experience significant street flooding.  Residents should move cars to higher elevations.  Localized street flooding could be expected in the Belle View/New Alexandria areas.  We do not anticipate any structural flooding at either the Huntington or Belle View/New Alexandria areas.  We will continue to monitor the weather conditions. Residents should be subscribed to the Riverwatch list on CEAN.

About Fairfax County Emergency Information

Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.

3 responses to “Be Alert for Tornadoes and Floods”

  1. Mark and Maryam Denbaly says :

    It is crazy that you Di not have unsubscribe, search, and contact I formation on the site. We’d like to unsubscribe from the txt and telephone and cannot do it

  2. Anonymous says :

    I agree. I want notification by IPad, but no telephone calls. I just unsubscribed because of that

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