Severe Storms Predicted Between 3-4 p.m.

Posted 2:06 p.m.

From our afternoon conference call with the National Weather Service:

  • The worst of the storm will hit our area between 3-4 p.m. Not all areas of our large county may be affected.
  • The most severe aspects of the storm (very strong winds) are predicted to last about 30-40 minutes.
  • The winds are the biggest concern, with gusts up to 70 mph.
  • We could receive 1-2 inches of rain, which could lead to some localized flooding.

What you can do:

  • Secure outdoor items if you’re at home.
  • Keep a close eye on watches, warnings and forecasts.
  • View map of roads that historically flood and be aware of flood threats while driving. Keep children away from creeks as water may rise rapidly (we’ve had loss of life before).
  • Keep your phones charged in case you lose power. If you lose power, contact your provider (Dominion or NOVEC).
  • If trees come down, stay away from any downed wires. Here’s who to contact if a tree falls.
  • Only call 911 in an emergency. Call 703-691-2131, TTY 711, for public safety non-emergencies.

Listen to Dave McKernan, our Office of Emergency Management coordinator, discuss the storms in less than one minute:

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2 responses to “Severe Storms Predicted Between 3-4 p.m.”

  1. Anonymous says :

    Where to seek shelter in Falls Church? I live on the top floor where should I seek shelter if I am expected to move to lower ground? Is there a place to seek shelter such as schools, etc. Thank you.

    • Fairfax County Emergency Information says :

      Apologies for not replying more quickly. Thankfully the warning was for the northern tip of the county and not countywide as Weather Service warnings imply. For the future:

      • Go immediately to the lowest level of your building to an interior room or hallway.

      • Storm cellars or basements provide the best protection.

      • Stay away from windows and doorways.

      • Do not stay in a trailer or mobile home. Go immediately to a building with a strong foundation.

      • If you’re in a car or if shelter is not available, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area. Do not get under a bridge or overpass.

      • Plan to stay in your shelter location until the danger has passed.