Potentially Dangerous Storms Loom for Thursday; 7 Ways to Prepare Now
Posted 3:53 p.m.
Potentially dangerous thunderstorms are possible in our area Thursday. The National Weather Service is calling for possible heavy rains, flooding, tornadoes and strong winds that could pose numerous challenges.
Take this threat seriously. While nothing like the wrath of last year’s derecho storm is predicted at this time, this line of storms may cause more havoc than a usual summer thunderstorm. There are a few things you can do today and this evening to prepare:
1.) Secure Loose Items
Bring in or secure any loose items outside your house or on your condo balcony. High winds could cause those objects to fly around and injure people or damage property.
2.) Storm Drains
Check rain gutters and storm drains. We’ve had a lot of rain in recent days and with more on the way, flooding is possible, so make sure drains are clear.
3.) Digital Preparedness
Prepare digitally! Power outages are possible, so have your devices fully charged. Here are 10 more tips to help with digital preparedness.
4.) Power Outage Supplies
Have enough batteries, flashlights, radios and other things you may need for a power outage.
5.) Report Power Outages
6.) Stay Alert and Informed
Weather forecasts can vary, so stay informed and keep an eye on changing weather conditions. Pay particular attention to tornado watches (conditions favorable) and warnings (tornado sighted, seek shelter).
- Sign up for our emergency text alerts/emails. If you live in the Huntington, Belle View and New Alexandria areas of the county, you should choose the “Riverwatch” group for information about possible flooding.
- Follow @fairfaxcounty on Twitter; use #ffxstorm to share what you’re seeing locally.
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- Follow local media reports, credible social media accounts and other information sources for the latest alerts, warnings and protective actions.
7.) Share Information
Share this information with coworkers, neighbors, your faith community and more. Use the sharing tools below or print this information. Help someone, too, such as an elderly neighbor in securing loose items or checking storm drains.